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A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping (review)

A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping (review) ny, the film's protagonist Jaeckie Zucker finds himself financially and morally adrift in the wake of German reunification. Jaeckie is a pool hustler and inveterate gambler who should consider himself lucky if he can survive those eager to maim or kill him for failing to pay off his gambling debts. Jaeckie may be a rascal and a scoundrel, but he is neither perpetrator nor victim, hero nor antihero. As a reunification loser, he embodies many of the Nazi-era stereotypes of Jews as "greedy whoremonger, religious charlatan, and capitalist schemer" ( J. Hoberman, Village Voice, January 17, 2006), and as such his character bears witness to Bartov's insistence upon the tenacity of anti-Jewish stereotypes, but Jaeckie does a far better job of victimizing himself than he does of victimizing others. Similarly, the Israeli film Metallic Blues (2004) is a tale of two hapless Israeli car dealers whose get-rich-quick scheme and fantasies of leaving Israel for a lusher locale involves trying to sell in Germany a luxuriously outfitted 1985 Lincoln Continental they had purchased from an Arab in Israel in hopes of landing a windfall profit. Like Alles auf Zucker!, Metallic Blues also turns on characters who are stereotypically Jewish http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping (review)

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Abstract

ny, the film's protagonist Jaeckie Zucker finds himself financially and morally adrift in the wake of German reunification. Jaeckie is a pool hustler and inveterate gambler who should consider himself lucky if he can survive those eager to maim or kill him for failing to pay off his gambling debts. Jaeckie may be a rascal and a scoundrel, but he is neither perpetrator nor victim, hero nor antihero. As a reunification loser, he embodies many of the Nazi-era stereotypes of Jews as "greedy whoremonger, religious charlatan, and capitalist schemer" ( J. Hoberman, Village Voice, January 17, 2006), and as such his character bears witness to Bartov's insistence upon the tenacity of anti-Jewish stereotypes, but Jaeckie does a far better job of victimizing himself than he does of victimizing others. Similarly, the Israeli film Metallic Blues (2004) is a tale of two hapless Israeli car dealers whose get-rich-quick scheme and fantasies of leaving Israel for a lusher locale involves trying to sell in Germany a luxuriously outfitted 1985 Lincoln Continental they had purchased from an Arab in Israel in hopes of landing a windfall profit. Like Alles auf Zucker!, Metallic Blues also turns on characters who are stereotypically Jewish

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Feb 13, 2009

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