Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland

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Editorial Reviews

East European Jewish Affairs
"A valuable book for anyone interested in the history of Polish Jewry and/or the history of working class culture. It is well written and offers important insights into an understudied topic."
“Professor Jacobs….has published a meticulously researched book drawing on fascinating Yiddish archive material and interviews with Bundist survivors to support an alternative perspective. Not only does he provide new and challenging explanations of why the Bundist movement became so popular, he also demonstrates that its rise to prominence was no freak episode but the logical consequence of its multi-layered, consistent work in the arenas that made a different to the real lives of Poland’s Jews.”
Slavic Review
"In this lucid, expertly researched, and rewarding monograph, Jack Jacobs discovers previously unsuspected dynamism and positive developments in interwar Polish Jewry, the world's largest Jewish community (if not population)."
Religious Studies Review
The Author skillfully takes the reader deep into the workings of a popular political movement in the first half of the twentieth century in order to demonstrate the Bund's immense popularity during the interwar era. The end result is a convincing argument for the need to reevaluate the study of Jewish politics in eastern Europe. The book will be of much interest to scholars of Jewish history, east European history, labor politics and Holocaust studies as well as to those looking at national movements, and the connection between culture, class and nation.
Yoav Peled
[Jacobs's] intellectual integrity, the cogency of his analysis, and the thoroughness of his research make this book an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Jewish life and politics, indeed of life and politics in general, in that tragic historical episode known as interwar Poland. (Yoav Peled, Tel Aviv University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815632269
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Modern Jewish History Series
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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