Bodies and Souls

Bodies and Souls

The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the forced slavery and prostitution of thousands of young Jewish women from the 1860s to the beginning of World War II, revealing how a notorious Mafia gang exploited victims who were looking to escape poverty and anti-Semitism, women who subsequently formed the religious order known as the Society of Truth. 25,000 first printing.

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In the second half of the 19th century several thousand impoverished young Jewish women from Eastern Europe were forced into prostitution in the frontier colonies of Latin America, South Africa, India and parts of the United States. These unwitting Jewish women were procured for the thousands of new European immigrants who came to establish these colonies. The import of these women left a legacy in each of these countries: the rise of anti–Semitism.

Bodies and Souls brings to light a dark, untold chapter in Jewish history – a topic previously hidden because of the extreme shame surrounding it. From the end of the 1860s until the beginning of WWII, thousands of young, impoverished Jewish women were sold into slavery by a notorious criminal gang of Jewish mobsters, the Zwi Migdal. By the turn of the 19th century the Zwi Migdal had established their headquarters in Buenos Aires. However, it was in Rio de Janeiro that The Society of Truth was created.

The most shameful part of all of this was how the women were treated by the Jewish community. A group of these women banded together to form The Society of Truth. They stood up against the dogma that said they were impure. Herein lies the irony: this group, cast aside by their community, went on to form a new society for themselves, a society of love, honour to God and faith in each other.



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Vincent has uncovered the little known story of the forced slavery and prostitution of thousands of young Jewish Eastern European women from the 1860s until World War II. She uses archival documents, academic studies and interviews with the women's descendents to imagine the lives of three women who were victims of this crime. Vincent is an investigative reporter for the National Post in Canada. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the forced slavery and prostitution of thousands of young Jewish women from the 1860s to the beginning of World War II, revealing how a notorious Mafia gang exploited victims who were looking to escape poverty and anti-Semitism.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060090234
0060090235
Characteristics: xii, 276 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Jul 04, 2011

This book about slavery is important to those interested in women's history and Jewish history. In the late 1800s, thousands of Eastern European Jewish women were enslaved, not unlike Africans being kidnapped and held in slavery. Only these women, after they were forced to sail to the Americas, had only one kind of work to do as slaves: they were forced to become sex workers. Thousands had been kidnapped or grievously deceived into leaving Eastern Europe (and other countries). The women in Eastern Europe, the subjects of this book, had grown up living in desperate straits - families were starving, living in hovels, and Jewish people were frequently persecuted and murdered. Even parents sold their daughters to men who promised to marry them but, instead of becoming husbands, the men became slave-holders, pimps who prostituted the women and even sold them at markets set up for that purpose.
There is much much more. It is an important piece of history that is often ignored.

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