Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora

Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora

by Rebecca Kobrin
     
 

The mass migration of East European Jews and their resettlement in cities throughout Europe, the United States, Argentina, and Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries not only transformed the demographic and cultural centers of world Jewry, it also reshaped Jews' understanding and performance of their diasporic identities. Rebecca Kobrin's

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The mass migration of East European Jews and their resettlement in cities throughout Europe, the United States, Argentina, and Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries not only transformed the demographic and cultural centers of world Jewry, it also reshaped Jews' understanding and performance of their diasporic identities. Rebecca Kobrin's study of the dispersal of Jews from one city in Poland-Bialystok-demonstrates how the act of migration set in motion a wide range of transformations that led the migrants to imagine themselves as exiles not only from the mythic Land of Israel but most immediately from their East European homeland. Kobrin explores the organizations, institutions, newspapers, and philanthropies that the Bialystokers created around the world and that reshaped their perceptions of exile and diaspora.

Rebecca Kobrin is Assistant Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University. She is author (with Adam Shear) of an exhibition catalog, From Written to Printed Text: The Transmission of Jewish Tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253354426
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Series:
Modern Jewish Experience Series
Pages:
363
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Orthography and Transliteration xiii

Introduction: Between Exile and Empire: Visions of Jewish Dispersal in the Age of Mass Migration 1

Chapter 1 The Dispersal Within: Bialystok, Jewish Migration, and Urban Life in the Borderlands of Eastern Europe 19

Chapter 2 Rebuilding Homeland in Promised Lands 69

Chapter 3 "Buying Bricks for Bialystok": Philanthropy and the Bonds of the New Jewish Diaspora 131

Chapter 4 Rewriting the Jewish Diaspora: Images of Bialystok in the Transnational Bialystok Jewish Press, 1921-1949 176

Chapter 5 Shifting Centers, Conflicting Philanthropists: Rebuilding, Resettling, and Remembering Jewish Bialystok in the Post-Holocaust Era 207

Epilogue: Diaspora and the Politics of East European Jewish Identity in the Age of Mass Migration 244

Notes 253

Bibliography 313

Index 351

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