By: Sheila Terman Cohen
Unlike the other cultural groups covered in the People of Wisconsin series, the Jews who have made their home in Wisconsin are united not by a single country of origin, but by a shared history and set of religious beliefs. This diverse group found their way to America’s heartland over several centuries from Germany, Russia, and beyond, some fleeing violence and persecution, others searching for new opportunities, but all making important contributions to the fabric of this state’s history. Through detailed historical information and personal accounts, Sheila Terman Cohen
brings to life the stories of their various trials and triumphs. Jews in Wisconsin
details their battles against anti-Semitism, their efforts to participate in the communities they joined, and their successes at holding onto their own cultural identities.
In addition to excerpts of Cohen’s many interviews with Wisconsin Jews, Jews in Wisconsin
also features the compelling journals of German immigrant Louis Heller, a tradesman who established himself in Milwaukee, and Russian immigrant Azriel Kanter, who details the perilous journey his family embarked on to escape anti-Semitism in his home country and make a new life in Wisconsin.
Sheila Terman Cohen
is a journalist and author who has written three Badger Biographies for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press: Mai Ya’s Long Journey
, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth
, and Sterling North and the Story of Rascal
. Her books have received recognition from the Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, and the national book award group Next Generation.
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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