Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland / Edition 1

Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland / Edition 1

by Robert Blobaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801489695

ISBN-13: 9780801489693

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Cornell University Press

From the Middle Ages until World War II, Poland was host to Europe's largest and most vibrant Jewish population. By 1970, the combination of Nazi genocide, postwar pogroms, mass emigration, and communist repression had virtually destroyed Poland's Jewish community. Although the Poles themselves were subjected to enormous cruelties in the twentieth century,

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Overview

From the Middle Ages until World War II, Poland was host to Europe's largest and most vibrant Jewish population. By 1970, the combination of Nazi genocide, postwar pogroms, mass emigration, and communist repression had virtually destroyed Poland's Jewish community. Although the Poles themselves were subjected to enormous cruelties in the twentieth century, questions about the extent of their antisemitism and its role in the fate of Polish Jewry are today hotly disputed.

Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland serves as an effective guide to some of the most complex and controversial issues of Poland's troubled past. Fourteen original essays by a team of distinguished Polish and American scholars explore the different meanings, forms of expression, content, and social range of antisemitism in modern Poland from the late nineteenth century to the present. The contributors focus on both the variations in antisemitic sentiment and those Poles who opposed such prejudices.

Central themes of this significant, balanced, and timely contribution to a contentious and often emotional debate include the deterioration of Polish-Jewish relations in the era of national awakening for both the Poles and the Jews, the meaning of the various forms of violence against the Jews, intellectual movements in opposition to antisemitism, the role of the Catholic Church in promoting antisemitism, and the prospects for the Church to atone for this shameful chapter in its recent history.

Contributors: Robert Blobaum, West Virginia University; Steven D. Corrsin, New York Public Research Libraries; William W. Hagen, University of California, Davis; Janine P. Holc, Loyola College in Maryland; Jerzy Jedlicki, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences; Katherine R. Jolluck, Stanford University; Dariusz Libionka, Institute of National Remembrance, Lublin and Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences; Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Brian Porter, University of Michigan; Szymon Rudnicki, Warsaw University; Konrad Sadkowski, University of Northern Iowa; Keely Stauter-Halsted, Michigan State University; Dariusz Stola, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and Collegium Civitas, Warsaw; Bozena Szaynok, Wroclaw University; Theodore R. Weeks, Southern Illinois University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489693
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Assimilation, nationalism, modernization, antisemitism : notes on Polish-Jewish relations, 1855-190520
2Jews as middleman minorities in rural Poland : understanding the Galician pogroms of 189839
3Resisting the wave : intellectuals against antisemitism in the last years of the "Polish kingdom"60
4Criminalizing the "other" : crime, ethnicity, and antisemitism in early twentieth-century Poland81
5Antisemitism and the search for a Catholic identity103
6The moral economy of popular violence : the pogrom in Lwow, November 1918124
7Anti-Jewish legislation in interwar Poland148
8Clerical nationalism and antisemitism : Catholic priests, Jews, and Orthodox Christians in the Lublin region, 1918-1939171
9"Why did they hate Tuwim and boy so much?" : Jews and "artificial Jews" in the literary polemics of the Second Polish Republic189
10Gender and antisemitism in wartime Soviet exile210
11Antisemitism, anti-Judaism, and the Polish Catholic clergy during the Second World War, 1939-1945233
12The role of antisemitism in postwar Polish-Jewish relations265
13Fighting against the shadows : the Anti-Zionist campaign of 1968284
14Memory contested : Jewish and Catholic views of Auschwitz in present-day Poland301
15Works on Polish-Jewish relations published since 1990 : a selective bibliography326

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