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Latin America: Jewish Immigrant History, Life & Values

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

In the Library: Articles

Bosker-Liwerant, Judit. "Judaismo, modernización y democracia en México," in R. Blancarte (coord.) Religión, iglesias y democracia (México, 1995), pp. 265-89.

Deutsch, Sandra McGee. "The Argentine Right & the Jews, 1919-1933," Journal of Latin American Studies 18,1 (1986):113-34.

Holzberg, C.S. "Social segmentation & Jewish ethnicity: ethnographic illustrations from Latin America & the Caribbean," in F. Henry (ede.) Ethnicity in the Americas (The Hague, 1976), pp. 139-58.

Lesser, Jeff H. "Continuity & change within an immigrant community: the Jews of São Paulo, 1924-1945," Luso-Brazilian Review 25 (win 88):45-58.

__________. "Jewish immigration to Rio de Janeiro," in Suzanne Worcman (ed.) Heranças e lembranças (Rio de Janeiro, 1989).

__________. "Watching the detectives: four views of immigrant life in Latin America," Latin American Research Review 27,1 (1992):231-. Jews in Cuba, Argentina & Brazil.

__________. "The immigration & integration of Polish Jews in Brazil, 1924-1934," The Americas 51,2 (10/94):173-92.

__________. "From antisemitism to philosemitism: the manipulation of stereotypes in Brazil, 1933-1945," Patterns of Prejudice 30,4 (1996).

__________. "Bad land, popular rebellion & ethnic survival: Jewish farmers in southern Brazil," Immigrants & Minorities 15,1 (3/96):1-21.

__________. "Coring the center: reflections on the Jewish periphery," Judaism 191,48 (sum 99):381-84.

__________. "Re(creating) Jewish ethnicities on the Brazilian frontier," in S.L. Gilman & Milton Shain (eds.) Jewries at the Frontier: Accommodation, Identity, Conflict (Urbana: U. of Illinois, 1999), pp. 209-23.

Levine, Robert M. "Brazil's Jews during the Vargas era & after," Luso-Brazilian Review 5,1 (sum 68):45-58.

__________. "Jews in the tropics: the Bahian Jewish community in the early 20th c.," The Americas 43 (10/86):159-70.

__________. "Conventional & unconventional histories: Jewish communities in Brazil, 1870-1960," Canadian Journal of Latin American Studies (win 96).

__________. "Cuba's Jewish community under the Revolution," in D. Sheinin & L.B. Barr (eds.) The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America (NY, 1996).

Miller, Susan Gilson. "Kippur on the Amazon: Jewish emigration from northern Morocco in the late 19th c.," in H.E. Goldberg (ed.) Sephardi & Middle Eastern Jewries (Bloomington: Indiana U., 1996).

Pinkuss, Fritz. "Um ensaio acerca da imigração judaica no Brasil após o cataclismo de 1933 e da Segunda Guerra Mundial," Revista de História 100 (1974):599-607.

Scully, Michael. "New blood in old Mexico," Current History (10/43): 40-43. Jewish refugees from Hitler have set up businesses & prospered. Anti-semitism, fomented by Nazis, on the rise.

Sosnowski, Saúl. "Contemporary Jewish-Argentine writers: tradition & politics," Latin American Literary Review 6,12 (1978):1-14.

Szuchman, Mark D. "Visions of the melting pot in the American city: the US & Argentina in the period of mass immigration," in J.F. Stack (ed.) The Primordial Challenge: Ethnicity in the Contemporary World (Westport CT: Greenwood, 1986).

Taylor, Carl C. "Rural locality groups in Argentina," American Sociological Review 9 (4/44):162-70. Jewish agricultural colonies.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Anon. Alberto Varón Modiano: plática con Cristina Gutiérrez Zúñiga y Gloria González Tejeda (Zapopan, 1997). Oral history, founding of Jewish community in Guadalajara.

Avni, Haim. Argentina & the Jews: A History of Jewish Immigration (Tuscaloosa: U. of Alabama, 1991).

Backal, Alicia G. Generaciones judías en México: la kehilá askenazí, 1922-1992 (México, 1993).

Cimet, Adina. Ashkenazi Jews in Mexico: Ideologies in the Structuring of a Community (Albany: SUNY, 1996).

Elkin, Judith. Jews & the Latin American Republics (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1980).

__________ & Gilbert Merkx (eds.) The Jewish Presence in Latin America (Winchester MA, 1987).

Glickman, Nora. The Jewish White Slave Trade & the Untold Story of Raquel Liberman (NY, 1999).

Krause, Corinne A. Los judíos en México: una historia con énfasis especial en el período de 1857 a 1930 (México, 1987).

Lesser, Jeffrey. Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil & the Jewish Question (Berkeley: U. of California, 1995).

Lindstrom, Naomi. Jewish Issues in Argentine Literature from Gerchunoff to Szichman (Columbia: U. of Missouri, 1989).

Mirelman, Victor. Jewish Buenos Aires, 1890-1930: In Search of an Identity (Detroit, 1990).

Modena, María Eugenia. Pasaporte de culturas: viaje por la vida de un judío ruso en México (México: INAH, 1982).

Patai, Raphael. Tents of Jacob: The Diaspora Yesterday & Today (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1971).

Scliar, Moacyr e Márcio Souza. Entre Moisés e Macunaíma: os judeus que descobriram o Brasil (Rio de Janeiro: Garamond, 2000).

Sheinin, David & Lois Baer Barr (eds.) The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America (NY, 1996).

Sofer, Eugene F. From Pale to Pampa: A Social History of the Jews of Buenos Aires (NY, 1982).

Weisbrot, Robert. The Jews of Argentina: from the Inquisition to Perón (Philadelphia, 1979).

Wolff, Egen e Frieda Wolff. Judeus no Brasil imperial: uma pesquisa nos documentos e no noticiário carioca da época (São Paulo, 1975).

Zárate, Guadalupe. México y la diáspora judía (México, 1986).

In the Library: Fiction

Gerchunoff, Alberto. Los gauchos judíos [1910] (Buenos Aires: Aguilar, 1975). 25 stories about Jews on the pampas at turn of century.

Mactas, Rebeca. Judíos de las acacias (cuentos de la vida campesina) (Buenos Aires, 1936).

Stavans, Ilan (ed.) Tropical Sinagogues: Short Stories by Jewish Latin American Writers (NY: Holmes & Meier, 1994).

__________ (ed.) The Scroll & the Cross: 1,000 Years of Jewish Hispanic Literature (NY: Routledge, 2003).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"A Chrysanthemum Burst in Cincoesquinas (Un crisantema estalla en Cincoesquinas)" [1996], dir. Daniel Burman, 1996. From Latin American Video Archives.

"South (Sur)" [1988], dir. Fernando E. Solanas, 127m. Ex-political prisoner wanders streets of Buenos Aires after fall of military dictatorship.

"The Take" [2004], dir. Avi Lewis & Naomi Klein, 87m. From First Run/Icarus. Faced with economic collapse of 2001, workers take over abandoned factories & restart them as cooperatives.

"Tesoro mío" [2000], dir. Sergio Bellotti, 93m. Modest bank employee in Santa Fe decides to rob the bank.

"El verso" [1995], dir. Santiago Carlos Oves, 95m. Misadventures of a sweet-talking hustler in Buenos Aires.

"Waiting for the Messiah (Esperando al mesías)" [2000], dir. Daniel Burman, 93m. From Latin American Video Archives. An alienated young Jew & an unemployed banker confront economic crisis.

"Eight Candles (Ocho candelas)" [2002], dir. Sandro Halphen, 70m. From Latin American Video Archives. An American rediscovers Judaism in small community of Veracruz, Mexico.

"Jews in Chile: Emigrants through Time (Judíos en Chile: emigrantes en el tiempo)" [2002], dir. Cristián Leighton, 52m. From Latin American Video Archives.

"A Kiss to this Land (Un beso a esta tierra)" [1995, dir. Daniel Goldberg Lerner, ?m.

"Legacy (Legado)" [2001], dir. Marcelo Trotta & Vivián Imar, 80m. From Latin American Video Archives. Documentary on history of Jewish immigrants, 1889-present, in Spanish & Yiddish.

"Lost Embrace (El abrazo partido)" [2004], dir. Daniel Burman, 99m. Life & hopes in a downtown Buenos Aires shopping center.

"My Cuba (Cuba mía)" [2001], dir. Rhonda L. Mitrani, 47m. From Latin American Video Archives. Cuban-born Jews return from US in search of roots.

"Seven Days in Once (Siete días en el Once)" [2001], dir. Daniel Burman, 42m. From Latin American Video Archives. Picturesque old Jewish community in Buenos Aires.

"Waiting for the Messiah (Esperando al mesías)" [2000], dir. Daniel Burman, 93m. From Latin American Video Archives. An alienated young Jew & an unemployed banker confront economic crisis.


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