Book presentation: Erwin Javor „Ich bin ein Zebra“
Jewish humor and its jokes blend in Erwin Javor’s narrative like a mosaic with history and personal stories from the past, present and future. It is a book about Eastern Jewish identity over the course of generations: subjective, ironic, critical, laughing, crying and affectionate. A Jewish family history of a very special sort.
Erwin Javor’s time journey leads from the shtetl to Budapest, from Budapest to Vienna, and on to Israel. It is a declaration of love to his parents, whose stories and narratives about a world lost today shaped him. Romanticized with longing, the shtetl is still present in collective Jewish memory. However, this sunken world was also hard and merciless, and Jewish humor developed precisely out of these circumstances. What makes it so special? Why does it make us laugh? Like behind every good comedy, a bit of tragedy also stands behind every good punch line.
Born in 1947 in Budapest, Erwin Javor was a long-time columnist and publisher of the Jewish magazine NU and is a guest author in various magazines. He is the publisher of Brauer Haggada (Vienna: Almathea, 2014), which the painter Arik Brauer created his own paintings for. In addition, Erwin Javor has been committed as the founder and publisher of MENA Watch, the independent Middle East think tank. He is the founder of Frankstahl, a company he bought as a small firm when he was young, which he has built up over the last forty years into an enterprise active in nine Western and Eastern European countries. He lives in Vienna and Tel Aviv, has three children, and is in the second marriage with the singer and actress Anita Ammersfeld, the mother of his younger son.
Reading: Heinz Marecek
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