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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Contemporary Jewish Writing in Austria: An Anthology

Contemporary Jewish Writing in Austria: An Anthology

(p.550) Contemporary Jewish Writing in Austria: An Anthology
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16
Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Contemporary Jewish Writing in Austria: An Anthology, which was edited by Dagmar C. G. Lorenz. Contemporary Jewish Writing in Austria is an anthology of the writings of Jewish authors from five generations whose works have been published in recent decades. Lorenz provides a very interesting introduction to her book, sharing with the reader her profound understanding of the complexities of Austrian Jewish literary history. She introduces the problems that faced Austrian Jews after the Holocaust: that they were not invited to return from exile, and if they decided to return to their home country, they were expected to assimilate to the dominant culture. Fascinating and tragic is the fact that still, despite all adversities, some Jews do not mind living in Vienna and identify themselves with this city as the only beloved home they have ever had. The author of the anthology also broaches the subject of the dual emotional loyalties of Austrian Jews and European Jews in general: loyalty to their home country and emotional ties to Israel.

Keywords:   Dagmar C. G. Lorenz, contemporary Jewish writing, Jewish authors, Austrian Jewish literary history, Austrian Jews, European Jews

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