The Golden Age Shtetl

In his sentimental film, Fiddler on the Roof, based on Sholem Aleichem’s beloved stories, Norman Jewison immortalized Anatevka, a shtetl in Russia’s Pale of Settlement steeped in piety and poverty and stricken by pogroms. By the late 19th century, the shtetl, though in a parlous state of decline, was home to 80 percent of East […]