The Saga of America's Russian Jews
For several centuries now the Western world has been in profound and incessant turmoil. The conditions of its material and spiritual life have been altered almost beyond recognition. The Jews, naturally, have changed along with the other peoples of that world. However, with their magnetism for tension, with their genius for getting into tight spots, they have managed to undergo a purgatory of transformation unexampled in the annals of the West.
How emigrated from Eastern Europe to ttrue this is may be illustrated by the history of the Jews whohe United States. Within less than half a century, this group of several millions of people has concentrated in its experience the famine and expatriation of the Irish nation; the persecutions and massacres of the Armenians; the economic transplantation of the English lower classes during the Industrial Revolution, and the urge toward the social idealism and utopianism so general throughout the nineteenth century. And in addition, they have undergone with other populations of Eastern Europe a series of national and linguistic revolutions.
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