The essays gathered here challenge essentialist concepts and overemphasis on Jewish particularity, as well as the common discourse of Jewish victimology. At the same time, they reveal how the Jews, like other ethnic groups, are not monolithic but fragmented by place of origin, social class, political ideologies, and gender.
The topics discussed include the non-political Zionism espoused by Sephardic Jews during the first half of the 20th century, Argentine neutrality during World War II, the entry of Nazi war criminals to Argentina, the regime of Juan Perón and its attitudes towards Jewish-Argentines and the state of Israel, the reactions of Jews to the anti-Semitic wave in Argentina following the kidnapping of Adolf Eichman by Mossad agents, the Latin American community in Israel, and protests by Argentine exiles in Israel against the 1978 world-cup soccer games, played in Argentina during a brutal military regime.
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Raanan Rein, Ph.D. (1990), is a Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of numerous books and articles including In the Shadow of Perón (Stanford U.P., 2008).
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Ethnicity and Diaspora in Twentieth-Century Latin America: The Jewish Case
2. Searching for Home Abroad: Jews in Argentina and Argentines in Israel
3. Complementary Identities: Sephardim, Zionists, and Argentines in the Interwar Period
4. Argentina, World War II, and the Entry of Nazi War Criminals
5. Nationalism, Education, and Identity: Argentine Jews and Catholic Religious Instruction
6. Diplomats and Journalists: The Image of Peronism in the Hebrew Press
7. A Pact of Oblivion: The De-Peronization of the Jewish Community
8. Argentine Jews and the Accusation of 'Dual Loyalty'
9. Perón's Return to Power as Reflected in the Israeli Press
10. Soccer as a Double-Edged Weapon: Argentine Exiles in Israel Protest against the 1978 World Cup
"This absorbing book by Raanan Rein, a pioneer of teaching Latin American Studies in Israel, draws together a number of academic essays that have emerged from his ongoing research into the Jews of Latin America in general and the Jews of Argentina in particular."
Rebecca J. W. Jefferson, University of Florida, Association of Jewish Libraries, September/October 2011, Volume 1, No. 3.
"[Rein's] argumentation is very clear and free of jargon and extraordinarily well documented. [...] Argentine Jews or Jewish Argentines? will certainly be of interest to scholars in Jewish studies and Latin American Jewish studies, Israel studies and historians of Argentina."
Stephen Sadow, Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 92, no. 2 (May 2012)
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