Memory, Oblivion, and Jewish Culture in Latin America by Marjorie Agosin,Marjorie Agosín

By Marjorie Agosin,Marjorie Agosín

Latin the USA has been a safe haven for Jews fleeing persecution from 1492, whilst Sepharad Jews have been expelled from Spain, till good into the 20 th century, whilst ecu Jews sought sanctuary there from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. shiny Jewish groups have deep roots in nations resembling Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, and Chile—though contributors of those groups have now and then skilled the ache of being "the other," ostracized by way of Christian society or even tortured through army governments. whereas commonalities of faith and tradition hyperlink those groups throughout time and nationwide obstacles, the Jewish event in Latin the USA is irreducible to a unmarried standpoint. just a multitude of voices can show it.

This anthology gathers fifteen essays via historians, inventive writers, artists, literary students, anthropologists, and social scientists who jointly inform the tale of Jewish lifestyles in Latin the US. a number of the items are own stories of exile and survival; a few discover Jewish humor and its position in amalgamating histories of prior and current; and others examine critical episodes of political persecution and army dictatorship. As a complete, those hard essays ask what Jewish identification is in Latin the USA and the way it adjustments all through background. They go away us to reflect on the tantalizing query: Does being Jewish within the Americas communicate to a transitory historical past or a extra everlasting one?

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