Importing Divisionism Instead of Diversity

A Personal Account of Jewish Rebirth in Prague

in European Judaism
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  • 1 Shoah Foundation, University of Southern California
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Abstract

This personal account of a former Czechoslovak Jewish Youth leader offers insights into the process of searching for Jewish identity and its meaning in post-Communist Czechoslovakia. The author discusses the conceptual struggles faced by his generation, raised during the last two decades of the Communist regime, the impact of imported ideological infighting and factional splits on the makeup of an emerging community, the pop-appeal of Judaism to the Czech masses and the varied reactions of the highly assimilated Czech Jews to the eventual arrival of a dogmatic religious leadership.

Contributor Notes

Martin Šmok is a documentary filmmaker, modern history researcher, exhibition curator and consultant for the USC (University of Southern California) Shoah Foundation.