Shtetl by Eva Hoffman
In Shtetl (Yiddish for "small town"), Eva Hoffman, critically-acclaimed author of the much-admired memoir Lost in Translation (1989), here returns to her dual roots, Jewish and Polish--and her history of the intertwined fates of the two peoples shows that they can indeed be complementary, not oppositional. Hoffman brings the lost world of Eastern European Jews back to vivid life, depicting its complex institutions and vibrant culture, its beliefs, social distinctions, and customs. Through the small town of Bransk, she looks at the fascinating experiments in multicultural coexistence—still relevant to us today— attempted in the eight centuries of Polish-Jewish history, and describes the forces which influenced Christian villagers' decisions to conceal or betray their Jewish neighbors in the dark period of the Holocaust.
Paperback book 1997