The Last Jews of Cochin

The Last Jews of Cochin

This book concludes with an exploration of their reasons for leaving India and an appraisal of their adaptation to Israeli life.

Author: Nathan Katz

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015029549196

Category: History

Page: 352

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For two thousand years, a small colony of Jews in Cochin, South India, enjoyed security and prosperity, fully accepted by their Hindu, Muslim, and Christian neighbors. In this most exotic corner of the Diaspora, Jews flourished in the spice trade, agriculture, the professions, government, and military service. India's tolerant, nurturing atmosphere produced a Jewish prime minister to a Hindu maharaja; an autonomous Jewish principality; Hebrew and Malayalam-language poets; powerful, well-educated women; and Qabbalists revered by Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. Cochin's Jews were so well-integrated into Hindu society that they evolved an identity which was both fully Indian and fully Jewish. This book analyzes the strategies by which this dual identity was established. The Cochin Jews have narrated a historical legend which emphasizes their longstanding residence in India, the site of Jewish autonomy under Hindu patronage, and their attestable origin in ancient Israel, the center of the Jewish universe. Although the Cochin Jews remained faithful to Jewish law and custom, Hindu symbols of nobility and purity were adopted into their religious observances, resulting in some of the most exotic religious practices in the Jewish world. The Jews of Cochin mirrored Hindu social structure and became a caste, well-positioned in India's hierarchy. Yet in emulating caste behavior, Jews came to discriminate against one another, in a breach of Jewish law, giving rise to a controversy which lasted five hundred years. Despite millennia of security, when their two beloved homelands, India and Israel, attained independence in the late 1940s, virtually all of the Jews living in Cochin opted for the more precarious life in Israel. This book concludes with an exploration of their reasons for leaving India and an appraisal of their adaptation to Israeli life.
Categories: History

The Last Jews in Berlin

The Last Jews in Berlin

Gross has woven these true stories of perseverance into a heartbreaking, suspenseful, and moving account with the narrative force of a thriller.

Author: Leonard Gross

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497689381

Category: History

Page: 343

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New York Times Bestseller: The true story of twelve Jews who went underground in Nazi Berlin—and survived: “Consummately suspenseful” (Los Angeles Times). When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, approximately one hundred sixty thousand Jews called Berlin home. By 1943 less than five thousand remained in the nation’s capital, the epicenter of Nazism, and by the end of the war, that number had dwindled to one thousand. All the others had died in air raids, starved to death, committed suicide, or been shipped off to the death camps. In this captivating and harrowing book, Leonard Gross details the real-life stories of a dozen Jewish men and women who spent the final twenty-seven months of World War II underground, hiding in plain sight, defying both the Gestapo and, even worse, Jewish “catchers” ready to report them to the Nazis in order to avoid the gas chambers themselves. A teenage orphan, a black-market jewel trader, a stylish young designer, and a progressive intellectual were among the few who managed to survive. Through their own resourcefulness, bravery, and at times, sheer luck, these Jews managed to evade the tragic fates of so many others. Gross has woven these true stories of perseverance into a heartbreaking, suspenseful, and moving account with the narrative force of a thriller. Compiled from extensive interviews, The Last Jews in Berlin reveals these individuals’ astounding determination, against all odds, to live each day knowing it could be their last.
Categories: History

The Last Jews Of Kerala

The Last Jews Of Kerala

But, most important of all, Black Jews could be called to read Torah on Sabbath and recite blessings. Yet there was still a way to go. ... Their love is the final chapter in the story of apartheid in Cochin's Jew Town.

Author: Edna Fernandes

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781846274251

Category: History

Page: 272

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Separated by a narrow stretch of swamp-like waters, and distinguished by the colour of their skin, the Black Jews and the White Jews have been locked in a rancorous feud for centuries. Only now, when their combined number has diminished to fewer than fifty and they are on the threshold of extinction, have the two remaining Jewish communities in south India begun to realise that their destiny, and their undoing, is the same. Living in Cochin alongside this last generation, Edna Fernandes tells their story from the illustrious arrival of their ancestors from the court of King Solomon, through their long heyday of wealth, tolerance and privilege to their present twilight existence, as synagogues crumble into disuse and weddings become a thing of the past, leaving only funerals.
Categories: History

Remnants

Remnants

Describes the living conditions of the 5,000 remaining Jews in Poland.

Author: Małgorzata Niezabitowska

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105070759712

Category: Holocaust survivors

Page: 272

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Describes the living conditions of the 5,000 remaining Jews in Poland.
Categories: Holocaust survivors

The Last Jewish Shortstop in America

The Last Jewish Shortstop in America

It was the last time he'd kissed his daughter until last night . Maybe he was being too hard on her , but she had to do something to help herself . At least he'd finally told her the truth . TH ' HE COOK COUNTY JAIL AT 26TH AND ...

Author: Lowell B. Komie

Publisher: Swordfish Chicago Publisher

ISBN: 0964195712

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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Categories: Fiction

The Second to Last Jew in Barbados

The Second to Last Jew in Barbados

This is a slightly fictionalised account of the last Jew who left Barbados in 1925.

Author: Jaye Green

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 9781468920406

Category: History

Page:

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This is a slightly fictionalised account of the last Jew who left Barbados in 1925.
Categories: History

The Last Jews of R d u i

The Last Jews of R  d  u  i

Author: Ayşe Gürsan-Salzmann

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: UOM:39015016917547

Category: History

Page: 146

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A portrait--in text and photographs--of the vanishing culture of the Radauti Jews, survivors of the Holocaust who returned to their Romanian homeland, and their lives, tragic history, and society
Categories: History

Salvation is from the Jews John 4 22

Salvation is from the Jews  John 4 22

The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming Roy H. Schoeman. Christendom . Therein lies the meaning of the present ... 594 . is only then solved when the last Jew has left 216 SALVATION IS FROM THE JEWS.

Author: Roy H. Schoeman

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 089870975X

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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Traces the role of Judaism and the Jewish people in God's plan for the salvtion of mankind, from Abraham through the Second Coming, as revealed by the Catholic faith and by a thoughtful examination of history. It will give both Jews and Christians a deeper understanding of Judaism, both as a religion in itself and as a central component of salvation history. The book examines the unique and central role Judaism plays in the destiny of the world. It documents that throughout history attacks on Jews and Judasim have been rooted, not in Christianity, but in the most anti-Christian of forces. Areas addressed in depth include: the Messianic prophecies in Jewish Scripture; the very anti-Christian roots of Nazi anti-Semitism; the links between Nazism and Arab anti-Semitism; the theological insights of well-known Jewish converts; and the role of the Jews in the Second Coming.
Categories: Religion

The Memorial Ethics of Libeskind s Berlin Jewish Museum

The Memorial Ethics of Libeskind s Berlin Jewish Museum

Derrida as a marrano, a secret Jew, 'one of those Jews without even knowing it; and without knowledge, Jew without ... self-description 'I am the last Jew' as meaning that he was a 'bad Jew', while 'the end of Judaism' was taken to ...

Author: Arleen Ionescu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137538314

Category: History

Page: 305

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This book is a detailed critical study of Libeskind’s Berlin Jewish Museum in its historical, architectural and philosophical context. Emphasizing how the Holocaust changed our perception of history, memory, witnessing and representation, it develops the notion of ‘memorial ethics’ to explore the Museum’s difference from more conventional post-World War Two commemorative sites. The main focus is on the Museum as an experience of the materiality of trauma which engages the visitor in a performative duty to remember. Arleen Ionescu builds on Levinas’s idea of ‘ethics as optics’ to show how Libeskind’s Museum becomes a testimony to the unpresentable Other. Ionescu also extends the Museum’s experiential dimension by proposing her own subjective walk through Libeskind’s space reimagined as a ‘literary museum’. Featuring reflections on texts by Beckett, Celan, Derrida, Kafka, Blanchot, Wiesel and Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger (Celan’s cousin), this virtual tour concludes with a brief account of Libeskind’s analogous ‘healing project’ for Ground Zero.
Categories: History