Jews as outsiders
October 4, 2012 12:19
Bernard Wasserstein sheds light on Jewish life in the years leading up
to World War II, questioning conventional wisdom.
On the Eve 521.
As 1930s Europe moved toward the catastrophe of World War II, much of the
greater part of the continent was – for Jews – being turned into a giant
concentration camp. Bernard Wasserstein’s On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before
the Second World War, captures the sorrows and glories of European Jewry in the
decades leading up the Nazi genocide.From the shtetls of Lithuania to
the salons of Vienna, Jewish culture was on the road to extinction.
Wasserstein’s book proves that, contrary to received wisdom, there was a growing
awareness that Jews were approaching what the writer Joseph Roth once called “a