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Kosher Nostra
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Derisive term for criminal Jewish associations in the United States. Kosher Nostra alludes to the Italian-American mafia, which had come to be known as Cosa Nostra (“our thing”). Smaller numbers of Jewish gangsters and gangs had established themselves in the Jewish districts of large American cities before the First World War. Numerous Jewish criminals were particularly attracted by the lucrative new spheres of activity offered to organized …

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Rockaway, Robert, “Kosher Nostra”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0422>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20191110



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