Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, v. 11.


October 1st, 1998

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Addressing various aspects of Jewish life and religion, particularly in the last two centuries, this book examines different aspects of the Hasidic tradition; present-day contacts between Bobower Hasidism in New York and Bobowa in Poland; and how a rabbi trained in the Lithuanian tradition adapted to the very different conditions of the United States. The modifications of Jewish religious tradition practiced in the modern pre-war synagogues in Warsaw, L dz, and Lw w are considered, as is the attempt by Hillel Zeitlyn to re-interpret Jewish tradition in the interwar years.

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Antony Polonsky is Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, and Chief Historian of the Global Education Outreach Program at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. His three-volume history the Jews in Poland and Russia (2010–12), also published by the Littman Library, was awarded the Pro Historia Polonorum Prize of the Polish Senate for the best book on the history of Poland in a language other than Polish.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Title Page4
Editors and Advisers7
Note on Transliteration, Names, and Place-Names16
Part I: On Religion Aspects and Experiences24
Hasidic Yeshivot in Inter-War Poland26
Tobacco and the Hasidim48
‘A Thread of Blue’: Rabbi Gershon Henoch Leiner of Radzyn´ and his Search for Continuity in Response to Modernity54
The Tarler rebbe of Łódź and his Medical Practice: Towards a History of Hasidic Life in Pre-First World War Poland76
Aaron Menahem Mendel Guterman, the rebbe of Radzymin85
A Pilgrimage from Bobowa to Bobowa89
On the Brink of Disaster: Hillel Zeitlin’s Struggle for Jewish Survival in Poland100
Ala from the Primer117
The Congregation of the Great Synagogue in Warsaw: Its Changing Social Composition and Ideological Affiliations135
The Progressive Synagogue in Lwów150
The Synagogues of Łódź177
Part II: New Views192
Conspiracy Theories and the Reception of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Poland194
Polish Influences on British Policy Regarding Jewish Rescue Efforts in Poland 1939—1945206
The Concerns of an Immigrant Rabbi: The Life and Sermons of Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz215
Trunk’s Poyln: Its Place in Jewish Polish History239
Jewish–Ukrainian Relations in Inter-War Poland as Reflected in Some Ukrainian Publications255
Jewish Martyrdom in the Works of Adolf Rudnicki270
The Jewish Question in Poland: Views Expressed in the Catholic Press between the Two World Wars286
Part III: Reviews302
History, Experience, and Democracy. István Bibó Revisited: The Jewish Question after 1944—Fifty Years Later304
The Realm of Shadows: Recent Writing on the Holocaust319
Polish History through the Eyes of Three Jewish Popular Historians335
A New Account of the ‘March Events’342
Andrzej Żbikowski, Żydzi krakowscy i ich gmina w latach 1869–1919 350
Mojżesz Schorr i jego listy do Ludwika Gumplowicza, ed. Rafaeł Żebrowski 354
Świat pod kontrola.: Wybór materiałów z archiwum cenzury rosyjskiej w Warszawie, ed. Maria Prussak 357
Andrzej Jezierski (ed.), Historia Polski w liczbach: Ludność, terytorium360
Rainer Erb (ed.), Die Legende vom Ritualmord: Zur Geschichte der Blutbeschuldigung gegen Juden361
Milton Shain, The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa363
Regina Renz, Społeczeństwo małomiasteczkowe w województwie kieleckim 1918–1939, Krzysztof Urbański, Kieleccy Żydzi368
Christopher Clark, The Politics of Conversion: Missionary Protestantism and the Jews in Prussia 1728–1941371
Jacek J. Jadacki and Barbara Markiewicz (eds.), A mądrości zło nie przemoże373
Death Books from Auschwitz: Remnants, ed. Jerzy Dębski et al.374
Norman Salsitz, as told to Richard Skolnik, A Jewish Boyhood in Poland: Remembering Kolbuszowa377
Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust378
Barbara and Leszek Amatys and Wiesl/aw Stradomski, Historia filmu polskiego, ii: 1930–1939381
Nechama Tec, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans383
Felicja Karay, Death Comes in Yellow: Skarżysko–Kamienna Slave Labour Camp384
Tomas Venclova, Aleksander Wat: Life and Art of an Iconoclast388
Irena Kowalska and Ida Merżan, Rottenbergowie znad Buga394
Fanny Sołomian, Pamiętnik Marii Koper: Natan Gross, Poeci i Szoa398
Arnost Lustig, Children of the Holocaust401
Obituary: Julian Stryjkowski (1905–1996)404
Notes: The Third Competition of Scholarly Works on Polish Jewish and Israeli Themes408
A Bibliography of Polish Jewish Studies, 1995414
Notes on the Contributors and Translators436