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From the Publisher"This book is basic for any attempt to understand interwar Polish Jewry as well as the holocaust period and offers many new points of view."
-Religious Studies Review,
The Bund was the first modern Jewish political party in Eastern Europe and, arguably, the strongest Jewish party in Poland on the eve of the Second World War. Though 100 years have passed since its inception, the Bund and its legacy continue to be of abiding interest.
Founded illegally and operated under the most adverse conditions, the Bund grew dramatically in the years immediately after its 1897 creation in Czarist Russia. It helped to organize the Russian Social Democratic Workers Party, it organized armed self-defense groups to fight against pogroms, and it played a significant role in the Russian Revolution of 1905. The Bundist became for many the symbol of the new Jew—enlightened, willing to fight for Jewish rights and needs, and unwilling to accept the status quo of Jewish communities dominated by the orthodox and the wealthy, and of a Russia oppressed by the Czar. Later, Bundist members were among those who contributed substantially to armed resistance in Nazi occupied Poland.
Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe makes use of previously unexamined source materials to offer a range of new perspectives on the significance of the Bund and its ideas. Its fresh and insightful approaches will be of interest to all those concerned with Eastern European Jewry, Russian, Polish, and Ukranian history, and the history of socialist and labor movements.
-Religious Studies Review,
|Frontispiece: Bundist meeting in Warsaw, 1930s|
|List of Abbreviations|
|Notes on the Contributors|
|Pt. I||In the Years of the Russian Empire|
|1||Khevres and Akhdes: the Change in Jewish Self-organization in the Kingdom of Poland before 1900 and the Bund||3|
|2||The Bundist Press: a Study of Political Change and the Persistence of Anachronistic Language during the Russian Period||13|
|3||The Influence of the 'Polish Question' on the Bund's National Program, 1897-1905||28|
|4||Russian Bundists Abroad and the Exile, 1898-1925||46|
|Pt. II||The Bund in Poland Between the Two World Wars|
|5||Creating a Bundist Counter-Culture: Morgnshtern and the Significance of Cultural Hegemony||59|
|6||Kossovsky, Portnoy, and Others: the Role of Members of the Bund's Founding Generation in the Interwar Polish Bund||69|
|7||The Bund: History of a Schism||81|
|8||The Bund Organization in Lodz, 1898-1939||90|
|9||The Bund's Contribution to Yiddish Culture in Poland between the Two World Wars||112|
|Pt. III||Other Socialists and the Bund|
|10||The Jewish Social Democratic Party of Galicia and the Bund||133|
|11||From Conflict to Cooperation: the Bund and the Polish Socialist Party, 1897-1939||155|
|12||Austro-Marxism and the Jews in Galicia||172|
|13||German Social Democrats and Polish Bundists in Exile in London, 1939-45: Memories||179|
|14||The Bund and the Labour and Socialist International||183|
|Pt. IV||The Holocaust and Post-Holocaust Years|
|15||The National Ideology of the Bund in the Test of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, 1933-47||197|
|16||The Bund after the Holocaust: Between Renewal and Self-Liquidation||213|
|17||Where was there a Future for Polish Jewry? Bundist and Zionist Polemics in Post-World War II Poland||227|
|18||Between New York and Moscow: the Fate of the Bund Archives||243|
|19||The Concept of National Cultural Autonomy: the First One Hundred Years||255|