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Memorial Books of Eastern European Jewry: Essays on the History and Meanings of Yizker Volumes
     

Memorial Books of Eastern European Jewry: Essays on the History and Meanings of Yizker Volumes

by Rosemary Horowitz
 

From the Russian civil wars through the Nazi years, the Jews of Eastern Europe were targets of violence during the first half of the twentieth century. During the Holocaust especially, entire communities were wiped out. In response, survivors sometimes compiled memorial books, or Yizker books, in an attempt to preserve historical, biographical, and cultural

Overview

From the Russian civil wars through the Nazi years, the Jews of Eastern Europe were targets of violence during the first half of the twentieth century. During the Holocaust especially, entire communities were wiped out. In response, survivors sometimes compiled memorial books, or Yizker books, in an attempt to preserve historical, biographical, and cultural information about their shtetls.
This multipart collection provides a concise history of the memorial books and their cultural contexts; eight analytical essays on or using Yizker books; key reviews, in some cases translated from the Yiddish, from the 1950s and later; and a bibliographic overview of secondary sources and collections.

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Religious Studies Review
a useful tool to a better understanding of how to read a yizker book. It clarifies the nature of the genre and how yizker books can be used
From the Publisher
“a useful tool to a better understanding of how to read a yizker book. It clarifies the nature of the genre and how yizker books can be used”—Religious Studies Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786441990
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Horowitz is a professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has published extensively on yizker books.

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