The Wandering Jews by Joseph Roth

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A masterpiece of twentieth-century history, only recently rediscovered in Germany, appears for the first time in English. Every few decades, a book is published that shapes Jewish consciousness. One thinks of Elie Wiesel's Night or Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. In 1927, however, before these works were written, Joseph Roth (1894-1939) composed The Wandering Jews. At the time a correspondent in Berlin, emotionally ravaged by the whirlwind events of Weimar Germany, Roth examined the concept of Jewish identity and questioned what lay in store for it. Whether writing of the schism between Eastern and Western Jews, warning of the false comforts of assimilation, or eerily foreseeing the horrors posed by Nazism, The Wandering Jews remains as unforgettably vital today as it was when first published.

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Author and journalist Joseph Roth was born on September 2, 1894. During World War I, he served in the Austro-Hungarian army from 1916 to 1918. Afterwards, he worked as a journalist in Vienna and in Berlin. His best-known works are The Radetzky March and Job. He died in Paris on May 27, 1939 and is buried in Thiais cemetery.
Published November 1, 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. 144 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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in the new Russia, it remains a disgrace.” One section deals with Jewish emigration to America (where “consulates want to see more papers than any consulate on earth”) and offers the stunning image of a quarantined Jew looking “through the bars of his prison [at] the Statue of Liberty.” Roth has ...

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The Wandering Jews Joseph Roth translated by Michael Hoffman Granta £12.99, pp146 Buy it at BOL This rich and rather baffling little book, written in the 1920s and only now appearing in English, is the workof a novelist who was also one of the highest-paid journalists of his time.

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Noting that the tragedy of Eastern European Jews was a slow suffering in a social quagmire, whereas Jews of Germany and Western Europe enjoyed much more freedom in terms of social mobility and employment, he could see that the perils of National Socialism meant that in spite of this greater free...

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