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Remember Chernowitz, the Jerusalem of Ukraine

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(Velibor Božović, from The Lazarus Project)

Today on Tablet, Vladislav Davidzon has a very rich recounting of the lives of Jews in Chernowitz and how memory persists through its history and characters.

What distinguished the Jews of Chernowitz from the rest of European Jewry was that they were farmers and land barons, in addition to the usual professions. The educated Jewish middle classes of Chernowitz were stridently German assimilationists. Karl Emil Franzos, the literary voice for the ideal of Jewish-German assimilation, set his novels of the internecine relations between the various nationalities of Bukovina—the Poles, Ruthenians, Ukrainians, Russians, Germans, and Jews—here.

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