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DefinitionA dispersion of a people from their original homeland, often related to the Jewish people. --AHD
The term diaspora (Ancient Greek for "a scattering or sowing of seeds") is used (without capitalization) to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands; being dispersed throughout other parts of the world, and the ensuing developments in their dispersal and culture. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora [Mar 2006]
Jewish ExodusJust after Hitler came to power in 1933, the Nuremberg Laws were passed forbidding employment in the civil service to anyone with a Jewish parent or grandparent. This included the state-run universities. Thousands of frightened-away German-Jewish writers, artists, filmmakers, actors and musicians are forced to begin an exile journey. [...]
DefinitionThe term diaspora (Greek διασπορα, a scattering or sowing of seeds) is used (without capitalization) to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands, being dispersed throughout other parts of the world, and the ensuing developments in their dispersal and culture.
Originally, the term Diaspora (capitalized) was used to refer specifically to the populations of Jews exiled from Judea in 586 BC by the Babylonians, and AD 135 by the Romans. This term is used interchangeably to refer to the historical movements of the dispersed ethnic population, the cultural development of that population, or the population itself. The probable origin of the word is the Septuagint version of Deuteronomy 28:25, "thou shalt be a diaspora (Greek for dispersion) in all kingdoms of the earth". The term has been used in its modern sense since the late twentieth century. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora, Apr 2004
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