ONLINEJews in the Catskills During and After the Holocaust

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(Postcard: Tichnor Brothers Collection/Boston Public Library)
(Postcard: Tichnor Brothers Collection/Boston Public Library)

Back by popular demand, historian and sociologist Phil Brown follows his June discussion of the Jewish experience in the Catskills by examining the lives of local residents and resort owners, guests and workers in the Catskills summer resorts through the lens of the Holocaust.

A summer haven for both Holocaust survivors and those who had arrived earlier, the Catskills offered Jews ways to release their rising fears and ongoing anxieties during and after the war by engaging in community life while living beside the disaster. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) brought new arrivals to the Catskills, while labor Zionist/socialist Zionist groups set up training camps in the Catskills to prepare Jews to move to Israel.

Learn how Jews began to vacation without guilt in “The Mountains,” launching the “Golden Era” of the resort area in the 1950s and 1960s and how Yiddish language and culture (and even Yiddish jokes) in the Catskills were a form of resistance.

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