(James Woodall’s article appeared in the Economist.)

In the established image of the shtetl, a bearded paterfamilias with a violin stands atop a little house and plays to celebrate his survival in times of trouble. The 1964 Broadway musical of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the subsequent film have long served as popular representations of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust eastern Europe.

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