Chapter

Afterlives

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231917.003.0004
Afterlives

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This chapter describes that Stella Klein's recollections are highly significant and contain many elements not found in other sources, written or oral. It is impossible to know whether the memories of people who lived in Ludmir during the early twentieth century accurately reflect the perceptions of the Maiden of Ludmir during her lifetime. One of the most striking features of Klein's account is her claim that the Maiden of Ludmir was an emissary of the messiah. The earliest possible evidence of the spread of oral traditions concerning the Maiden outside her own community is represented in two texts. In conclusion, indications of how threatening the Maiden of Ludmir's story remains for some within the Orthodox Jewish community are explained.

Keywords: Stella Klein; Maiden of Ludmir; Orthodox Jewish community; messiah; threatening

Chapter.  6250 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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