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From Shtetl to Socialism

Author : Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies (Oxford, England)
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A selection of articles, originally published in volumes 1-7 of Polin, on many aspects of the history of the Jews of Poland from the earliest settlement to the Second World War, with an extensive new introduction, a chronology, maps, and an index.

Journal of Appalachian Studies

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Dreamland

Author : Howard Morley Sachar
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From the dean of modem Jewish historians comes a panoramic examination of the experience of Europe's Jews in the aftermath of "the war to end all wars." "Dreamland" traces the fissures that appeared all too quickly in those democracies born from the rubble of Europe's autocratic empires. 2 maps.

In the Shadow of the Shtetl

Author : Jeffrey Veidlinger
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The story of how the Holocaust decimated Jewish life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe is well known. Still, thousands of Jews in these small towns survived the war and returned afterward to rebuild their communities. The recollections of some 400 returnees in Ukraine provide the basis for Jeffrey Veidlinger’s reappraisal of the traditional narrative of 20th-century Jewish history. These elderly Yiddish speakers relate their memories of Jewish life in the prewar shtetl, their stories of survival during the Holocaust, and their experiences living as Jews under Communism. Despite Stalinist repressions, the Holocaust, and official antisemitism, their individual remembrances of family life, religious observance, education, and work testify to the survival of Jewish life in the shadow of the shtetl to this day.

The Jewish Quarterly

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Yiddish in the Contemporary World

Author : Genadi Esṭrai-k
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An annual international gathering provides ongoing analysis of Yiddish language, literature and culture. Published here are papers from the 1998 conference, held in Oxford

Studies in Contemporary Jewry XI Values Interests and Identity

Author : Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry
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This collection of original articles addresses the often conflicting roles of values, interests, and identity in contemporary Jewish politics. with its focus on Jews and contemporary politics - particularly the interplay of politics and jewish history - this new work makes an outstanding contribution to the scholarly literature.

Shtetl

Author : Jeffrey Shandler
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In Yiddish, shtetl simply means “town.” How does such an unassuming word come to loom so large in modern Jewish culture, with a proliferation of uses and connotations? By examining the meaning of shtetl, Jeffrey Shandler asks how Jewish life in provincial towns in Eastern Europe has become the subject of extensive creativity, memory, and scholarship from the early modern era in European history to the present. In the post-Holocaust era, the shtetl looms large in public culture as the epitome of a bygone traditional Jewish communal life. People now encounter the Jewish history of these towns through an array of cultural practices, including fiction, documentary photography, film, memoirs, art, heritage tourism, and political activism. At the same time, the shtetl attracts growing scholarly interest, as historians, social scientists, literary critics, and others seek to understand both the complex reality of life in provincial towns and the nature of its wide-ranging remembrance. Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History traces the trajectory of writing about these towns—by Jews and non-Jews, residents and visitors, researchers, novelists, memoirists, journalists and others—to demonstrate how the Yiddish word for “town” emerged as a key word in Jewish culture and studies. Shandler proposes that the intellectual history of the shtetl is best approached as an exemplar of engaging Jewish vernacularity, and that the variable nature of this engagement, far from being a drawback, is central to the subject’s enduring interest.

Poles Jews Socialists

Author : Antony Polonsky
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The Socialist ideals of brotherhood, equality, and justice have exercised a strong attraction for many Jews. On the Polish lands, Jews were drawn to Socialism when the liberal promise of integration into the emergent national entities of east and central Europe as Poles or Lithuanians or Russians of the Hebrew faith seemed to be falling. For those Jews seeking emancipation from discrimination and the constraints of a religious community, Socialism offered a tantalizing new route to integration in a wider society. Some Jews saw in Socialism a secularized version of the age-old Jewish messianic longing, while others were driven to the Socialist movement by poverty and the hope that it would supply their material needs. But in Poland as elsewhere in Europe, Socialism failed to transcend national divisions. The articles in this volume of Polin investigate the failure of this ideal and its consequences for Jews on the Polish lands, examining Socialist attitudes to the 'Jewish question', the use of antisemitism, how the growth of Socialism affected relationships between Poles and Jews, and the character of Jewish Socialist groups in Poland. The result is a significant contribution to the history of Jews in Poland. It also sheds light on the history of Socialism in east-central Europe and the complexity of national problems there.

Holocaust Novelists

Author : Efraim Sicher
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Contains entries on 51 writers of Holocaust fiction (each entry by a different author), including a list of the published works of each writer, biographical information, and a brief analysis of the writings.

Index to Jewish Periodicals

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An author and subject index to selected and American Anglo-Jewish journals of general and scholarly interests.

Acta Poloniae Historica

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Antisemitism

Author : Susan Sarah Cohen
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Jewish Life in Cracow 1918 1939

Author : Associate Curator for Jewish History Sean Martin, Std
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Re-evaluates the way Jews lived among Poles without abandoning their Jewish heritage. By focusing on the history of the Jewish press, schools and other cultural institutions, the book examines how Jews in the same community created varying ethnic and national identities in order to cope with the demands of living in the majority Polish society. Being based on sources in Yiddish, Polish and Hebrew makes the book a thorough study of one of Poland's largest Jewish communities.

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

Author : Gershon David Hundert
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"This unprecedented reference work systematically represents the history and culture of Eastern European Jews from their first settlement in the region to the present day. More than 1,800 alphabetical entries encompass a vast range of topics, including religion, folklore, politics, art, music, theater, language and literature, places, organizations, intellectual movements, and important figures. The two-volume set also features more than 1,000 illustrations and 55 maps. With original and up-to-date contributions from an international team of 450 distinguished scholars, the Encyclopedia covers the region between Germany and the Ural Mountains, from which more than 2.5 million Jews emigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920. Even today the majority of Jewish immigrants to North America arrive from Eastern Europe. Engaging, wide-ranging, and authoritative, this work is a rich and essential reference for readers with interests in Jewish studies and Eastern European history and culture."--Publisher's website.

Anglo Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust

Author : Phyllis Lassner
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In its rigorously researched analysis of Anglo-Jewish women writing the Holocaust, this book highlights the necessity of their inclusion in the evolving canon of modern British literature. Addressing the question of why the Holocaust is still being written, this study brings together Kindertransport writers, those of the Second Generation and those writers who have no personal or communal connection to the Holocaust but who have felt compelled to testify to the painful adaptations or betrayals of refugees by the nation which rescued so many. In her significant critical interpretations of memoirs, plays, poetry and novels, Lassner shows how these writers complicate theories of trauma and memory by using fantasy and the Gothic as a response to silence as well as to the historical and narrative relationship between endangered European Jews and Britain's cultural and political responses to them.

The Politics of Literature

Author : Carl Tighe
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This study of post-war Polish intellectual history analyses the interface between politics and literature under communism. It suggests that it was not the Catholic Church but the writers of the lay-left who were the critics and opponents of Stalinism.

Shoah business Holocaust Culture and the Repair of the World in Post Jewish Poland

Author : Erica T. Lehrer
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Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia

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Studia Judaica

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