Growing Up Jewish in America: An Oral History

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The authors of It Happened in Brooklyn bring together the childhood memories of a hundred men and women, young and old, who reflect on family life, interaction with the gentile world, and the meaning of place.

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Oral historians Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are professors at Dartmouth College. Their jointly written books include It Happened in Brooklyn and It Happened on Broadway.

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“The most compelling reason to study twentieth-century Jewish life in America is to hear and read the wealth of amazing stories, vivid anecdotes, memories, and wisdom, a diverse array of which the Frommers have collected. . . . Some of those who discuss their lives are well known, such as media critic Neil Postman, but each person’s stories enlighten. An account of riding freight cars as a teenager during the Great Depression and another about farming in South Dakota during the 1950s are as revealing as more common descriptions of New York’s Lower East Side. There’s even a story about the discovery of Ivory Soap. Moreover, the Frommers find several intriguing threads that link the contributors’ outlooks. . . . Chapters about the Holocaust, communal ties, and rituals reveal that traditions have been maintained amid the temptations of comfortable assimilation.”—Booklist (Booklist )

“An accessible introduction to the varieties of the American Jewish experience.”—Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly )

“One comes away from this book with a heightened sense of how wide the American Jewish spectrum can be.”—Washington Post (Washington Post )

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