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Schmaltz v. History, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Edition
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April 23, 2014, 09:55 PM
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My new column in Taki`s Magazine reviews the level of schmaltz in the conventional understanding of Jewish history and how that distorts Americans` grasp of 21st Century issues:
The reality is that for most of the last 800 years, the average Jew in Europe and America was relatively affluent, well-connected, and politically conservative. For example, Tory prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was Queen Victoria’s favorite. This began to change only when the prosperity-driven growth in the number of Ashkenazi Jews forced many out of traditional white-collar jobs and into blue-collar jobs they resented as demeaning.