“Shtetl Days” by Harry Turtledove

From the dean of alternate-history fiction, this touching story describes a world in which Nazi Germany won World War II and wiped out the Jews. A German actor and his wife portray Jews in a living-history tourist village, and they become more and more in tune with the communal and religious life they only pretend to follow. They find themselves speaking Yiddish at home, avoiding pork, and falling out of touch with the values of the victorious and repressive Reich. The story ends with a hopeful hint that Jewish life might rise again, even after all the original Jews are dead. Read the story for free at tor.com.


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