Re: [Cz-L] czernowitz-l digest: October 22, 2014

From: Sylvia de Swaan <>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:20:38 -0400
To: Shelley <>
Reply-To: Sylvia de Swaan <>

I agree with Cora ...NYC is an enclave, where many nationalities and
ethnic groups coalesce and tolerate each other....and there are others
- but by and large the US is a Christian society with unabashedly
Christian values. You just have to listen to the rhetoric of the right
wing of the Republican party, who are not especially interested in
extending rights to "others." I live in a small post industrial city
& though I personally haven't experienced anti Semitism - I'm an
artist, a well known person in the community who mostly associates
with intellectuals & liberal people. But for example, my local Barnes
& Noble has big displays of Xmas cards, but when I ask after Chanukah
cards, the sales person gives me a look, like why should we... & in
certain environments I don't feel entirely comfortable announcing too
loudly that I'm Jewish.....


On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM, Shelley <> wrote:
> Cora -
> I don't understand how you can speak of the US as being anti-Semitic
> when you live in a city (I assume it's NYC) that has such a large
> Jewish population that we have a great deal of political and economic
> influence and control. We're some of the top slum landlords in the
> city. The last time I had any experience with anti-Semitism is when I
> was around 20 and visited cousins in California. As soon as I said I
> was from NYC, a woman I met said, "oh, you must be Jewish." You can't
> begin to compare us to Czernowitz and other cities. Remember, when
> anti-Semitism rises, it is only a part of the population or its
> politics.
> Shelley
> On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM, CoraSchwartz <> wrote:
>> I agree with Cornel about the issue of anti-semitism in Cz. Comparatively speaking, MY OPINION is that the level of anti-semitism is far greater here in the USA and other countries although they hide it well. I have been to Cz almost every year (last trip in Nov.2013) and believe me when I say the citizens of Ukraine have "much bigger fish to fry" than to worry about a tiny population of mostly elderly Jews. They don't have the time or energy and they already have enough scapegoats to blame for their misery.
>> [Cora Schwartz]
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