By Lucette Valensi
Collective reminiscence: a residing, respiring present from the previous, much less fragmentary than the memories of anybody person, extra own via a ways than "history." The authors of Jewish thoughts observed within the huge numbers of Jews who migrated to France through the 20th century the opportunity to retrieve a prior that may rather be misplaced eternally. via dozens of interviews, they listened to women and men conversing in their lives and the areas they got here from, and located a virtually uncanny resonance of person voices with each other. person stories grew to become a part of a shared reminiscence, projecting significant issues of the Jewish tradition--exile and the feel of loss, the obligation to recollect, and the transmission of Jewish adventure to the subsequent generations.H?l?ne H. tells of shedding the all-important family members teakettle in the course of a terrified race to flee skirmishing infantrymen. Charles H. talks concerning the blameless love he shared with a non-Jewish woman who studied with him. Anna D. describes her wordless reunion along with her wounded husband after global struggle II. From groups now disappeared, scenes of domestic and kinfolk existence, occupations, chuffed instances and vacations make stronger each other, and we will be able to think the painful nostalgia for one of those life not possible.Two distinctive yet parallel units of thoughts run throughout the narrative, that of Sephardi and that of Ashkenazi Jews, all of whom discovered their approach to France. They arrived from Tunisia, Turkey, Poland, and Russia, from bad and well-to-do households, in most cases pushed from their houses through tough conditions, frequently with their latest stories choked with horror and tragedy. the will to recollect all of it and to go it directly to others who also will consider shines from each web page, and makes this booklet as memorable for basic readers because it is effective for anthropologists, sociologists, and historians.