Seven Tales of Jewish Life Before, During, and After Nazi Occupation
Publication Year: 2013
Der Nister paints a sympathetic portrait of the father, a member of the Jewish Council, even though he collaborates with the Nazis in a misguided attempt to help his people. To repair the father’s mistake, his daughter joins the resistance, seduces a traitor, and delivers him to his death. Accounts are settled within the Jewish community. The Nazi enemy is largely passed over in the silence his infamy deserves. Der Nister’s characters are crafty, and they do not hesitate to use force when necessary. After the defeat of the Nazis and Soviet takeover, Der Nister suggests, the maneuvering will continue. The morally complex characters and richly layered stories of Regrowth ultimately reclaim a more nuanced view of crimes still not fully reckoned.
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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English translation copyright © 2011 by Northwestern University Press. Published 2011. Yiddish edition originally published as Vidervuks (Mos- Regrowth : seven tales of Jewish life before, during, and after Nazi occupation / Der Nister; translated from the Yiddish by Erik “Yiddish edition originally published as Vidervuks in 1969.”...
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Acknowledgments and a Note from the Translator
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As always, my heartfelt gratitude goes to my family, especially for reading everything, urging me to share Der Nister’s works fi culty to the translator. Der Nister’s Vidervuks moves between to preserve Der Nister’s style and syntax as much as possible. to the subtleties of Der Nister’s art should consult the original, ...
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...gele had many suitors, many followers, many admirers. . . . She would ask: “Well, what do you think? How long do I still have to gad about? How many more brides will I rob of their fi ancés?” Even though they always found her in her special, girlish room, soft shawl, because she was chilly—despite all that, the gentle-...
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Dear tate, soon it will be a year that you aren’t here anymore. me in town—children respectfully cleared the way, just as older due mainly to everyone’s familiarity with your activities for the synagogue, which you loved and gave all your free time to, with own that they required. . . . There arose the ambition to prove, ...
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...a wife, and a wife without a man*—who lived, with facing doors, sary. It is enough to say that one of them was Dr. Zemelman. He *This phrasing is a bit awkward, but it preserves the tone of the original; in Yid-dish, man means both “man” and “husband,” and vayb (related to the English his or her respective fi eld, which swallowed them up and, as it ...
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...the city—among journalists, writers, and the like. They would she still lay in childbirth, was befallen by muteness; suddenly, nursing, she wouldn’t give it her breast. She just didn’t remem-the contrary, it just intensifi ed. It went so far that people were afraid of trusting her with the child—lest she forget herself ...
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It was a few days after their arrival. . . . People were saying that educated, and the son of the city’s righteous people. He was, *Schiller and Klopstock are classical German writers of the eighteenth century. The Jewish authors who are mentioned represent very different sensibilities. Nachman of Breslov (1772–1810) was a mystical thinker and the grandson of ...
Rive Yosl Buntsies
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...shtetl, she was a marvel—a kind of historical relic, to be dis-cloak (still from King Sobieski’s times*), carrying an old cane with an ivory knob, like a bishop’s, as she walked with the broad, Rive, considered it her charitable duty to give the girl away in *Proverbial expression denoting great antiquity. Jan III Sobieski (1629–96) ...
An Acquaintance of Mine
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...with his good-natured, almost-sweet smile—that of a clever per-weren’t going well—who wasn’t meeting with success in some not at all successful destiny, which now, later, or at one point dressed strangely: in a little hat with a short brim that wouldn’t stay on his piled-up hair (like a carriage driver’s, which never ...
Afterword: Der Nister and the Art of Concealment
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...living, in the biblical phrase, “scattered among the nations.”1 tled the world over, both resisting and adapting to the societies dition, and others have maintained the ways of their ancestors. Jewish activism will illuminate many—but not all—aspects of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Internally, ...
Page Count: 308
Publication Year: 2013
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Northwestern World Classics