By Olaf Glockner , Anja Kreienbrink Julius H. Schoeps

Europe is in the middle of a quick political and fiscal unification. What does this suggest for the Jewish minority - numbering below 2 million humans and nonetheless struggling with the aftermath of the Shoah? Will the Jewish groups perform Europe's daring enterprise with out risking overall assimilation? Are they vivid adequate to shape a brand new Jewish heart along Israel and the yank Jewish neighborhood, or are they hopelessly divided and on a "Road to Nowhere"? assorted views are anticipated, in terms of demographical, cultural and sociological features. This quantity presents interesting, thorough and debatable solutions via popular students from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin the US - lots of them additionally devoted to neighborhood Jewish neighborhood construction. This e-book is usually to be had in paperback.

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7 In Table 4, forty countries are distributed in five groups (quintiles) ranked by the respective HDI in 2005. Their overall Jewish population as well as the ratio of Jews to total population are compared in 1970 through 2008. The evolution over time of Jewish population size was clearly entirely different in the five strata of countries. Countries with the higher level 7 For a discussion of global trends, see: DellaPergola, Rebhun and Tolts, 2005: 61–95; for a similar review of trends in Latin America see Autonomy and Dependency: DellaPergola, 2008b: 47–80.

Clearly the Six Day War offered an occasion for more intense consideration of the Israeli option in all countries, but in some cases (France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy) the response was quicker and relatively more intense than elsewhere (the Netherlands, Switzerland). That more intense stage had concluded by the mid 1970s. A second more modest wave was visible nearly everywhere around 1982–1983, at the time of the first Israeli war in Lebanon, especially in the UK and the Netherlands. Particularly sharp anti-Israeli response at that time might have generated an unpleasant public atmosphere in some of the countries.

The similarities and dissimilarities offer some ground for speculation, after keeping in mind that the absolute numbers of migrants and their ratios to the total Jewish population were quite low. Clearly the Six Day War offered an occasion for more intense consideration of the Israeli option in all countries, but in some cases (France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy) the response was quicker and relatively more intense than elsewhere (the Netherlands, Switzerland). That more intense stage had concluded by the mid 1970s.

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