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February 27, 2024


Mar 19, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
In Person

Book Talk: Postwar Stories- How Books Made Judaism American

Center For Jewish History

Join author Rachel Gordan for an in-person discussion of her new book Postwar Stories: How Books Made Judaism American with moderator Dara Horn.

Drawing on several archives, magazine articles, and nearly-forgotten bestsellers, Postwar Stories examines how Jewish middlebrow literature helped to shape post-Holocaust American Jewish identity. For both Jews and non-Jews accustomed to anti-Semitic tropes and images, positive depictions of Jews had a normalizing effect. Maybe Jews were just like other Americans, after all.

At the same time, anti-antisemitism novels and “Introduction to Judaism” literature helped to popularize the idea of Judaism as an American religion. In the process, these two genres contributed to a new form of Judaism–one that fit within the emerging myth of America as a Judeo-Christian nation, and yet displayed new confidence in revealing Judaism’s divergences from Christianity.

Tickets: $10 General Admission, $30 Admission + copy of the book ($5 discount)

Center For Jewish History


Center For Jewish History
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