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Return to Book Page. The Wandering Jews by Joseph Roth. Every few decades a book is published that shapes Jewish consciousness. But inyears before these works were written, Joseph Roth composed The Wandering Jews. In these stunning dispatches written when Roth was a correspondent in Berlin during the whirlwind period of Weimar Germany, he warned of Every few decades a book is published that shapes Jewish consciousness. In these stunning dispatches written when Roth was a correspondent in Berlin during the whirlwind period of Weimar Germany, he warned of the false comforts of Jewish assimilation, laid bare the schism between Eastern and Western Jews, and at times prophesied the horrors posed by Nazism.

The Wandering Jews remains as vital today as when it was first published. You can thank me later. Paperbackpages. Published November 17th by W. Norton Company first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Wandering Jewsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Feb 17, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: What We All Lost This is a short book, but also a long, if unwitting, epitaph; a heart-breaking celebration of a culture on the verge of its destruction. The Jews of Eastern Europe – Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Romania – had the misfortune to have settled, usually by invitation, sometimes by coercion, in one of the most fought-over pieces of real estate on the planet.

They were rarely under anyone’s rule long enough to establish a political position or a collective voice or even recognition as h What We All Lost This is a short book, but also a long, if unwitting, epitaph; a heart-breaking celebration of a culture on the verge of its destruction. They were rarely under anyone’s rule long enough to establish a political position or a collective voice or even recognition as human beings: There is no other people that lives on such a footing with their God They know that while they may be punished they will never be abandoned.

His culture does not run on money, of which there is little, but on prayer, of which there is an abundance. His is an economy of prayer lying under a layer of material poverty.

Isolated by law for centuries from the Christian inhabitants of these Christian countries, the Jews of Eastern Europe were also isolated by culture from the assimilated Jews of Germany and Western Europe.

Despised by both Christians and Jews, they learned to despise themselves and their unique culture. They knew nothing of nationality, Jewish or otherwise. With no rights, only obligations, they yearned for escape, not from their culture but from their oppression.

They wanted to escape to anywhere, as long as it was West.

But culture and oppression are linked in a sort of ecological dependence. Like the Native Americans, and the tribes of the Amazonian jungle, culture dissipates without the pressure of oppression and its provocation to resistance.

To escape is to lose the need to resist, and therefore to assimilate into the culture which simply doesn’t care about culture.

Religious indifference is a new sort of oppression which the emigrant Jew doesn’t know how to deal with. Now he is despised because he is poor and merely strange.

So he becomes part of a nation, to the benefit of neither the Jew nor the West: We do not realise that our whole life has become a quarantine, and that all our countries have become barracks and concentration camps, admittedly with all the modern conveniences.

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The immigrants – alas -do not assimilate too slowly, as they are accused of doing, but if anything much too quickly to our sorry way of living. They do well because they work at it and they know how to ‘read the country’.

This is a skill honed by oppression. If they can get the necessary exit papers and if they can rotu into the quota, they go to America: In America he can still speak Yiddish, he thinks, just because of all the Jews there already!

In the preface to the edition, Roth notes the dismal fact that it is the German Jews who now must learn again to wander, either rounded up into ghettos or forced abroad like their Eastern brethren by the Nazi Nuremberg Laws. His apocalyptic final observation is, “There can be no European or European- Christian morality so long as the principle of ‘noninvolvement’ [by other countries in German anti-Semitism] is respected.

View all 12 comments. Jun 01, Linda rated it judois was amazing Shelves: Beautifully written, thoughtful consideration of the place of the Jews in Europe, including an insightful errxntes that the Jew remained an outsider in Germany after the time many Jews had become largely secularized and felt themselves to be Germans first and foremost.

The s were soon to show them an alternate and searing reality. Mar 23, Murtaza rated it really liked it. The Jewish communities of Eastern Europe suffered centuries of oppression and discrimination before being wiped out entirely during the cataclysm of World War II. When Roth wrote this book, the Holocaust still some years away. But he still seemed to grasp that he was documenting a world that was on the brink of annihilation, taking the time to carefully record the judoos, beliefs and lifestyles fo these communities in sympathetic detail.

And indeed, world of Jewish dockworkers, poor tailors and The Jewish communities of Eastern Europe suffered errxntes of oppression and discrimination before being wiped out entirely during the cataclysm of World War II. And indeed, world of Jewish dockworkers, joaeph tailors and devout Eastern European Hasidic villages is so far gone now that judioos seems hard to erranttes imagine just a few decades later.

Roth is harsh towards what he sees as an arrogant Western civilization that abominates the Eastern European Jews and holds them in contempt. For his part, he sees much to value in these people and their simple ways. The mentality of the poor, coarse, yet large-hearted Slavic Jewish peasants is contrasted favorably with the repressed animality of Western Europeans, of whom Roth himself was of course one. Given the massive changes that have occurred among Jews around the world over josfph past decades, its interesting to recall how different attitudes were not long ago, when many Jews were considered by the West to be an uncivilized other.

The Wandering Jews by Joseph Roth

When these communities were forced to become refugees due to pogroms and war, the world did all it could to hold them at bay, while scarcely bothering to hide their contempt for them and their culture. They wanted nothing to do with them and were content to see them die quietly in their misery, far out of sight.

It is not hard to see echoes of this arrogant attitude today in the response to the waves of Syrians and Iraqis fleeing war to unwelcoming Western shores, The segment on immigration to America also notes vividly how, for once, Jews got to benefit from their race by being subsumed into a larger racial category of “white. Its an interesting glimpse into how new categories of oppression ended up offering a new opportunity for Eastern European Jews, though it came at the expense of the local Black population.

Its also a sobering reminder of how the new world of the United States made and unmade entirely new categories of people, including thriving and honored Jewish communities of a type which have seldom survived in Europe. The status of immigrants in America has always, often tragically, placed them above Black Americans in the hierarchy, although I would argue that the category of “white” that was offered to Jewish emigres does not hold for many new immigrants today, no matter how some of them may still misguidedly strive for it.

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This book is a crie de coeur that called on the world to pay attention to the suffering of the Eastern European Jews and to cease its bigotry against them before its too late.

As Roth poignantly describes, this bigotry existed not just among gentiles, but among assimilated Western European Jews rofh were were tempted to look askance at their backwards “cousins from Lodz,” in an attempt to fit in better within their own societies. As time showed, trying to differentiate themselves from their backwards kin did not do much to save German and Austrian Jews in the end. It is a worthwhile reminder to Muslim communities today not to countenance the bigotry of those who would attack conservative Muslims while claiming exception errsntes their assimilated, “good” co-religionists.

Ook het leven van de joden in Berlijn, Parijs, Wenen en de Verenigde Staten komen aan bod, en in een 10 jaar later toegevoegd hoofdstuk de s ‘Sterreporter’ Roth pakt in ‘Joden op drift’ uit met een verbluffende uoseph in essayistiek. Ook het leven van de joden in Berlijn, Parijs, Wenen en de Verenigde Staten komen aan bod, en in een 10 jaar later toegevoegd hoofdstuk de situatie jdios de joden in nazi-Duitsland.

Een vlijmscherpe analyse van de Oost-Europese joodse cultuur, de emigratie en het antisemitisme, doorspekt met Roths typerende ironie en opzwepende maar heldere argumentatiedrift. Brandend actueel in het licht van de huidige vluchtelingencrisis.

Verplichte lectuur voor alle haters. Enthousiast voorwoord van Geert Mak, knappe vertaling van de onvermoeibare Els Snick die ook een boeiend nawoord schreef josseph de ontstaansgeschiedenis van de tekst en een bondig notenapparaat.

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Oct 10, Lois rated it really liked it. This book goes well with “When Nietzsche Wept”. While “When Nietzsche Wept” is based on upper-middle-class life, “The Wandering Jews” includes good descriptions of what life was like for the poor and struggling.

Si se quiere comprender la Shoa, es un must. Lo acaban de reeditar en Acantilado. Al jsoeph de eerste bladzijde is dit boek over Joden en Joodse vluchtelingen in het Europa van de jaren dertig een ware slag in het gezicht. Vervang het woord Joden hier door Soedanezen, Syriers, Afghanen, Zigeuners of Albanezen en het boek zou niet actueler kunnen zijn.

Met koseph over ‘het gevecht om tegen papieren’, over de verschillende status van verschillende soorten vluchtelingen, de on mogelijkheid om werk te vinden of men nu ingenieur of arbeider is en ga zo maar door; het is BAM! Met hoofdstukjes over ‘het gevecht om tegen papieren’, over de verschillende status van verschillende soorten vluchtelingen, de on mogelijkheid om werk te vinden of men errantex ingenieur of arbeider is en ga zo maar door; het is meteen duidelijk dat er voor de vluchteling niet zo’n groot drrantes is tussen onze tijd en de jaren dertig.

Als je dan bedenkt wat er met die vluchtelingen jdios gebeurde, dan wordt het je toch wat koud om het hart. Lees dit en kijk in een spiegel. Dec 29, Peter Landau rated it it was amazing. My son has become suddenly interested in his Jewish roots and has been asking me a lot of questions about his heritage. Bu My son has become suddenly interested in his Jewish roots and has been asking me a lot of questions about his heritage. It was about then that I sought to point him in the direction of more authoritative texts.

Foth are my people. Reading Roth both confirmed and contrasted that conclusion. In his reportage of a vanquished people he shows how Judaism is the glue that has held the homeless nation together. I recognize much of the judioos if not the rituals. While I may not be observant, my bloodline is rich in the religion of my people.