Polin, Volume 17

Polin, Volume 17

by Antony Polonsky
     
 

The shtetl is one of the key concepts for our understanding of the Jewish past in eastern Europe. Although today most Jews live in big cities, the majority of Jews in Poland historically lived in the villages and small towns known as shtetls; even as late as 1931, only 43 per cent lived in towns with a population of more than 20,000. The shtetl was thus the main… See more details below

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The shtetl is one of the key concepts for our understanding of the Jewish past in eastern Europe. Although today most Jews live in big cities, the majority of Jews in Poland historically lived in the villages and small towns known as shtetls; even as late as 1931, only 43 per cent lived in towns with a population of more than 20,000. The shtetl was thus the main context and arena for Jewish life in Poland, but much of what we know of shtetl life still comes from literary accounts rather than historical research.

This volume attempts to redress that imbalance. Among the topics covered are the Jewishness of the shtetl; Polish-Jewish relations and social relations more widely in the shtetl; inter-religious contacts; the hasidic penetration of shtetl life; cultural evolution in the shtetl; Polish shtetls under Russian rule and Soviet shtetls in the 1920s; and a contemporary account of returning to visit a shtetl. Other articles consider how shtetl life has been reflected in Hebrew, Polish, and Yiddish literature.

The New Views section analyses the work of the Russian Jewish writer Lev Levanda and the correspondence of an interwar Polish Jew, Wolf Lewkowicz. There are also two articles on the Gesiówka concentration camp established by the Nazis to clear the remains of the Warsaw ghetto. A special section is devoted to whether the incidents in Przytyk in 1936 constituted a pogrom, while another is devoted to discussing two important documents illustrating Wladyslaw Gomulka's attitude to Jews.

Contributors Joel Berkowitz, Alina Cala, Glenn Dynner, Gennady Estraikh, Ryszard Fenigsen, Gabriel N. Finder, Michal Galas, Lech W. Gluchowski, Piotr Gontarczyk, Brian Horowitz, John Klier, Edward Kossoy, Mikhail Krutikov, Rosa Lehmann, Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Ben-Cion Pinchuk, Antony Polonsky, Eugenia Prokop-Janiec, Ksawery Pruszynski, Shimon Redlich, Regina Renz, Adam Teller, Katarzyna Wieclawska, Miros{l/}aw Wójcik, Konrad Zielinski, Jolanta Zyndul

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781874774761
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Pages:
502
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.01(d)

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