We took a dive into our Forverts archives — years of American Jewish journalism — for a look at this issue in the past century.
Consider these clippings — fascinating glimpses into inner American Jewish life over the decades:. The young man was in love however, and paid them no mind. Would I marry her, I would lose my parents…but to lose her is to lose my whole life…We have to do what fate has dictated for us. We swore an oath that we will never marry. Ten years have passed, and I am keeping to it.
As Jewish immigrants began to succeed in America, they began to assimilate. Ina Jewish woman wrote about her Jewish husband falling in love with a Gentile, eventually leaving his wife and running off with their children.
Inan Orthodox couple wrote in about their son, a university professor, who is in love with a Gentile woman. Advertisements seemed to address the prevalence of Jewish men marrying Gentile women. Friedrich eventually became a very public convert to Christianity and a leader of a Czech Nazi group, and was later arrested on account of espionage.
Perhaps this story was a warning to readers?
The dangers of stepping outside your community? A piece by Rivke Braun claims that more often Jewish men marry Gentile women than Jewish women marry Gentile men.
And ina Jewish reader wrote about his emotional turmoil when his own son married out of the faith.