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  • n. Plural form of shtetl.

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Examples

  • Jewish and Gentile filmmakers told stories set in eastern European shtetls and the Lower East Side.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Does Gross think he was dropped by parachute onto this earth, disconnected from a past that, yes, originates in the Middle East, and not in the shtetls or in the suburbs of Boston where he was born?

    David Harris: "Zero Interest in Ever Visiting Israel"

  • Sher's performance is also the magnetic centre of a play which, even if a little aware of its own cleverness, reminds us that the movies are a product of Yiddish culture, and that the eternal battles between art and commerce were played out in the shtetls over a century ago.

    Travelling Light - review

  • I can also vividly remember my own mother getting advice from her own stern mother, Grandmom Goldberg, whose wisdom came from the shtetls of Russia.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers

  • He quit his job at the hardware store to work for a construction company, thus becoming the first Weingarten male, probably since the shtetls of 19th-century Russia, who actually knows how to fix stuff.

    Gene and Dan Weingarten, drawn together by their comic strip, 'Barney & Clyde'

  • In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Russian rioters descended on Jewish shtetls to kill thousands, and rape and injure many thousands more, in marauding expeditions for which a distinctive term was devised: pogroms.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • However I feel as if I would be insulting countless generations of my ancestors -- most of whom toiled away in shtetls so that I could eat Cheetos and get paid to write about Four Loko-- by referencing the Shoah.

    HuffPost's Jason Linkins & Eliot Nelson Start A PAC!

  • They became more protective of what they felt were their true roots, although very few Orthodox practices would have been recognizable to Moses, or at least a Moses who had never been to the shtetls of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    The Lampshade

  • However I feel as if I would be insulting countless generations of my ancestors -- most of whom toiled away in shtetls so that I could eat Cheetos and get paid to write about Four Loko -- by referencing the Shoah.

    Jason And Eliot Start A PAC!

  • In the shtetls of Eastern Europe, I wonder if their kids ever had Christmas envy.

    Wendy Sachs: 'Tis the Season Jews Can't Compete

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