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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Primitive gear demands a primitive mind. Bu My son has become suddenly interested in his Jewish roots and has been asking me a lot of questions about his heritage. As time showed, trying to differentiate themselves from their backwards kin did not do much to save German and Austrian Jews in the end. They are a people that has had no illiterates for nearly two thousand years now; a people with more periodicals than newspapers; a people whose periodicals, probably uniquely in the world, have a far higher readership than its newspapers.

In America he can still speak Yiddish, he thinks, just because of all the Jews there already!

The Wandering Jews by Joseph Roth

No machinery has been invented for peasants with such an advanced brain. Return to Book Page.

They know that while they may be punished they will never be abandoned. There is no other people that lives on such a footing with their God Roth has a wonderfully pithy and understated writing style. In dit voorwoord is alle hoop verloren en Joseph Roth’s “Juden auf Wanderschaft” is een reeks essays over hoofdzakelijk het leven van de “Ostjuden”.

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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. But inyears before these works were written, Joseph Roth composed The Wandering Jews.

I have added a quote at the end of errxntes review, to give you a flavor of lessons contained in this book which could apply to one’s understanding of, say, Ukraine today. Roth is understandably angry, and if knew what was to happen once could imagine the angry becoming absolute despair.


Het gaat over joden op de vlucht naar West-Europa. Vervang het woord Joden hier door Soedanezen, Syriers, Afghanen, Zigeuners of Albanezen en het boek zou niet actueler kunnen zijn. This book goes well with “When Nietzsche Wept”. In these stunning dispatches written when Judos was a correspondent in Berlin during the whirlwind period of Jjudios Germany, he warned of Every few decades a book is published that shapes Jewish consciousness.

Door verschillende aspecten van deze groep te bespreken werpt hij licht op het Europees antisemitisme, nationalisme en het “onjoodse” zionisme.

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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 les in essayistiek.

While I may not be observant, my bloodline is rich in the religion of my people. View all 12 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Wandering Jews

Beautifully written, thoughtful consideration of the place of the Errantex in Europe, including an insightful understanding 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. And indeed, world of Jewish dockworkers, poor tailors and The Jewish communities of Eastern Europe suffered centuries of oppression and discrimination before being wiped out entirely during the cataclysm of World War II.

Which is much too simple an explanation, since Roth by no means typifies the Jewish population of the time, I think aroundbut instead explores the complexity they felt in religion, nationality, identity, and anti-semitism.

The immigrants – errante -do not assimilate too slowly, as they are accused of doing, but if anything much too quickly to our sorry way of living. Joseph Roth was an esteemed Berlin journalist and a very gifted wordsmith and author of numerous books. Jun 01, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must for anyone interested in Jewish European history and thought, though no doubt very dated since written before the Holocaust.


It’s an important argument, not only from the point of view of historical accuracy and fairness, but also for helping readers understand differences between large groups of Jews as environmental, the countryside and the town, feudalism and capitalism.

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 errantees into a larger racial category of “white. Jul 01, Tucker rated it really liked it Shelves: What We All Lost This is a short book, but also a long, if unwitting, epitaph; josepn heart-breaking celebration of a culture on the verge of its destruction.

Lists with This Book. Paperbackpages. It is a worthwhile reminder to Muslim communities today not to countenance the bigotry of those who would attack conservative Muslims while claiming exception for their assimilated, “good” co-religionists. Religious indifference is a new sort of oppression which the emigrant Jew doesn’t know how to deal with.

Many of the Jews of Eastern Europe, not getting much traction in Palestine, are moving west, through Europe and the Americas.

Apr 28, Kimberly rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep erranges, Paul Taylor rated it it was amazing. But read this book as a snapshot