From that Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947 / Edition 1

From that Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947 / Edition 1

by Lucy Dawidowicz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813543622

ISBN-13: 9780813543628

Pub. Date: 11/28/2008

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

From that Place and Time is the memoir of Lucy S. Dawidowicz, an American-Jewish historian who set out to study Yiddish language and Jewish history at YIVO, the Jewish Scientific Institute in Vilna, Poland, in 1938. Escaping Poland only days before the Nazi onslaught, she worked in the New York YIVO during the war, and returned to Europe from 1946 to 1947 to aid

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From that Place and Time is the memoir of Lucy S. Dawidowicz, an American-Jewish historian who set out to study Yiddish language and Jewish history at YIVO, the Jewish Scientific Institute in Vilna, Poland, in 1938. Escaping Poland only days before the Nazi onslaught, she worked in the New York YIVO during the war, and returned to Europe from 1946 to 1947 to aid Jewish displaced persons in Munich and Belsen with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Dawidowicz's memoir not only describes her pre-war year in Jewish Eastern Europe, but also treats the ghostly post-war period, and her role in salvaging what remained of Vilna's scorched Jewish archives and libraries.

Nancy Sinkoff's new introduction explores the historical forces, particularly the dynamic world of secular Yiddish culture, which shaped Dawidowicz's decision to journey to Poland and her reassessment of those forces in the last years of her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813543628
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Yidishkayt and the Making of Lucy S. Dawidowicz xiii Preface xli Part I
1 From New York to Vilna 3
2 Vilna: A City of the Past 28
3 Living from Day to Day 51
4 The YIVO: The Ministry of Yiddish 77
5 In the Realm of Yiddish: On the Periphery 101
6 In the Realm of Yiddish: At the Center 120
7 Rich and Poor, Right and Left 139
8 Them and Us 164
9 Flight 186 Part II
10 New York 1939-1942: War Watch 207
11 New York 1942-1943: Death Watch 227
12 New York 1944-1945: The Reckoning 249 Part III
13 In the Land of Amalek 277
14 Saving Remnants 299 Index 327

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