Jews and Europe in the Twenty-First Century
Jews and Europe in the Twenty-First Century is a
collection of interviews with more than ninety prominent Jewish
intellectuals, politicians, writers and scientists from across Western
Nick Lambert's penetrating interviews and analyses reveal their thoughts,
fears and hopes for the future. Deep disquiet and insecurity, even among
those who hold "establishment" positions, is uncovered.
The author also explores why Jews have not been involved in constructing the
European Union - and shows why they should have been. He concludes that Jews
will continue to observe the shaping of the European project from an
upstairs window - with most longing to be part of a Europe which has now
vanished, or been extinguished, and which some of the interviewees admit to
having attempted to sustain in their novel-writing.
In this unique collection the interviewees reveal that they have often felt
alien both to Jewish communal life and to the national societies in which
they live, with their relationship to Israel a further controversial area.
Lambert shows that we are approaching a time of cultural clashes between
different groups of Jews in Europe, in which the future of Jewish identity
will be rooted either in Western liberal values or in stricter religious
observance. In an age in which political Islam dominates the headlines, this
book provides an insider's view of life among another seminal, divided, yet
often forgotten group in Europe.
Jews and Europe in the
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Mit einem Vorwort von David Cesarani
The book explores the interplay between minority and
mainstream populations, and religious and civic identities in the West, and
is based around more than two hundred hours of interviews with prominent
Jewish novelists, playwrights, chief rabbis, philosophers, sociologists,
historians, psychiatrists, economists and parliamentarians in the
Netherlands, Britain and Italy.