Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 8

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 8

Jews in Independent Poland, 1918-1939

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, v. 8


December 1st, 1994

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In the period between the two world wars, Poland's Jewish community was second only in size to that of the United States, and was the laboratory in which the ideological orientations which dominated the Jewish world - Zionism, Bundism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Assimilation - were tested. There has been much disagreement as to the character and strength of anitsemitism in Poland at that time, and the extent to which the experience of the Jews aided the Nazis in carrying out their genocidal plans. This latest volume of Polin includes contributions from Poland, western Europe, Israel, and North America, which together provide a clearer understanding of the issues which have in the past proved so divisive. It also includes a number of personal testimonies from people who experienced the interwar period at first hand. The result is a book that will be essential reading for all those interested in modern Jewish history and in the problems of ethnic minorities in post-Versailles Europe.

Author Information

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. Jerzy Tomaszewski is Professor of History in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Warsaw, and Director of the Mordecai Anieliewicz Centre for the Study of the History and Culture of Polish Jews. Ezra Mendelsohn is Professor in the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Jewry, and the Department of Russian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Editors and Advisers7
Note on Transliteration, Names, and Place Names13
Part I: Jews in Independent Poland, 1918–193924
Jewish Historiography on Polish Jewry in the Interwar Period26
Britain, a British Jew, and Jewish Relations with the New Poland: The Making of the Polish Minorities Treaty of 191937
The Social Consciousness of Young Jews in Interwar Poland65
Polish-Jewish Relations as Reflected in Memoirs of the Interwar Period89
Shtetl Communities: Another Image112
The Civil Rights of Jews in Poland 1918–1939138
The Jewish Question in Polish Religious Periodicals in the Second Republic: The Case of the Przegląd katolicki152
The Image of the Jew in the Catholic Press during the Second Republic169
The Jewish Press in the Political Life of the Second Republic199
Polish Political Parties and Antisemitism217
The Polish Kehillah Elections of 1936: A Revolution Re-examined229
Jewish Artisans250
Some Aspects of the Life of the Jewish Proletariat in Poland during the lnterwar Period261
The Expulsion of Polish Jews from the Third Reich in 1938278
The Jewish Boycott Campaign against Nazi Germany and its Culmination in the Halbersztadt Trial305
What Shall We Tell Miriam? A Tale for the Present313
Poyln: Land of Sages and Tsadikim322
Part II: Reviews346
Review Essays348
Why Did Assimilation Fail in the Kingdom of Poland between 1864 and 1897?348
In the Shadow of the Facts353
Readings and Misreadings: A Reply to Dariusz Stoia368
Book Reviews405
Gershon David Hundert, The Jews in a Polish Private Town: The Case of Opatów in the Eighteenth Century405
Walentyna Najdus, lgnacy Daszytiski, 1866–1936 407
Stephen D. Corrsin, Warsaw before the First World War: Poles and Jews in the Third City of the Russian Empire, 1880–1914 411
Józef Wróbel, Tematy źydowskie w prozie polskiej 1939–1987415
Jan T. Gross, Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia 419
Wolfgang Wippermann, Der konsequente Wahn: Ideologie und Politik Adolf Hitlers, with an essay by Saul Friedlander421
Yury Boshyk (ed.), Ukraine during World War II: History and Its Aftermath. A Symposium424
Halina Nelken, Images of a Lost World: Jewish Motifs in Polish Painting 1770–1945 427
Vivian B. Mann (ed.), Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy430
Polska Sztuka Ludowa, special issue (1989)433
Jerzy Malinowski, Grupa 'Jung ldysz' i źydowskie środowisko 'Nowej Sztuki' w Polsce436
Janet Hadda, Passionate Women, Passive Men: Suicide in Yiddish Literature438
Stefan Kieniewicz (1907–1992)444
Artur Eisenbach (1906–1992)446
'A Small Memorial Candle' for Adolf Rudnicki (1912–1990)450
Editor's Notes453
The Jan Karski and Pola Nirenska Award453
Bibliography of Polish Jewish Studies453
Notes on Contributors and Translators454