Subtitle: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War Author: Bernard Wasserstein Publisher: Profile Books (2012) ISBN-10: 1846681901 ISBN-13: 9781846681905 Condition: Very Good Binding: Softcover Pages: 552 Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
Weight: 0.49 kg
On the Eve is a new and disturbing portrait of European Jewish civilisation in collapse, even before the Nazi onslaught. In 1930's Europe, the Jews were a people on the eve of disaster, but as Bernard Wasserstein demonstrates here, their crisis was as much the result of internal decay as if external attack. Focusing on the Jews themselves, rather that their persecutors and anti-semites, Bernard Wasserstein demonstrates that, contrary to received wisdom, the European Jews were increasingly aware that they stood on the edge of an abyss. Wasserstein explores the hopes, anxieties, values, literature and music of the last phase of the European Jews' 2000-year history, from the perspective of political leaders, boxers, rabbis, beggers, housewives and children. Based on vast research and written with compassion and empathy, On the Eve paints a vivid and enlightening picture of the European Jews in their final hour.