Re: GREAT BOOK on Eastern European Jewish Life #galicia


Mazur, Allan <Mazur@...>
 

It WAS written by anthropologists -- based on interviews with people who had
once lived in shtetls but no longer were. It think it gets mixed reviews --
too romanticized but also capturing important features of the life.

Allan Mazur

-----Original Message-----
From: Ida & Joseph Schwarcz [mailto:idayosef@barak-online.net]
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2000 12:46 AM

The book was criticized by Abraham Duker, alav hashalom, as completely
inaccurate. He wrote that if some anthropologist had written something
similar, based on Sholem Aleichem stories and the reminiscences of old
people, he would have been drummed out of the corps ( or words to that
effect, I read the review decades ago) Life is with People became the book
for students ignorant of live in Eastern Europe and was the "primary"source
for all kinds of articles written about Jews in the sixties.
Ida Selavan Schwarcz
Arad, Israel

-----Original Message-----
From: Mazur, Allan [mailto:Mazur@rff.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 8:46 PM
Subject: [ukraine] RE: GREAT BOOK on Eastern European Jewish Life

I believe "Fiddler on the Roof" was largely based on "Life is with People"
-- they share the same romanticized view of the shtetl.
Allan Mazur

-----Original Message-----
From: Ginsburg, Paul [mailto:GinsburgP@state.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 7:51 AM
Subject: [ukraine] GREAT BOOK on Eastern European Jewish Life

I have read countless books on Eastern European
Jewish life and history and recently came across
a fantastic book which should be mandatory reading
for anyone whose family comes >from Eastern Europe....
The book information is as follows:

"Life is With People: The Jewish Little-Town of Eastern Europe"

Paul W. Ginsburg

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