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to any number of authors who moved from Jewish commitment
to Marxism. Sperber traveled the road in reverse.
We have dealt with the concerns of the Dreyfus generation
which witnessed a catastrophe that dwarfed the significance of
the Dreyfus episode. This generation, now inscribed in history,
was succeeded mainly by immigrant Jews or first generation
Jews, for whom immigration and the spectre of anti-Semitism
remained the focal points of work. But unlike American Jews,
French Jewish writers have barely been able to divorce them-
selves even twenty years after the Hitler era from the tragedy
of those years. I t remains—and is likely to remain—the overriding
theme for many years to come.