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The concept of shtetl culture is used as a metaphor for the traditional way of life of 19th-century Eastern European Jews. Shtetls are portrayed as pious communities following Orthodox Judaism, socially stable and unchanging despite outside influence or attacks. The Holocaust resulted in the disappearance of the vast majority of shtetls, through both extermination and mass exodus to the United States and what became Israel.

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Shtetl, Yiddish Language and Culture
The Virtual Shtetl. Welcome to the Virtual Shtetl.

In the News:
High Anxiety in the Mile High City
New York Times
- Aug 27, 2008
“I’m telling you, man,” said one top Democrat, “it’s something about our party, the shtetl mentality.” More Articles in Opinion » A version of this article ...

A shtetl in Mexico
Canadian Jewish News, Canada
- Aug 19, 2008
That’s when it hit me that I, an urban modern Toronto Jewess, was actually living in a shtetl, similar to that which my ancestors hailed from and fled – but ...

Reading between the lines: Split decision
Jerusalem Post
- Aug 22, 2008
"They're writing about nostalgia for the shtetl. They're not writing about the communities they grew up in, like Saul Bellow or Woody Allen. ...


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