Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1

Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 1


July 1st, 2004



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In this volume of Polin, scholars from the fields of history, sociology, politics, anthropology, linguistics, literature, and folklore explore central themes in Jewish and European history. Launching what was to become a comprehensive and vigorous forum for discussion of all aspects of the Jewish experience in Poland, this first volume established the pattern of bringing together work by established and younger scholars from many countries.
CONTRIBUTORS: Israel Bartal, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, David Biale, Jan Blonski, Alina Cala, Andrzej Chojnowski, David Engel, Jozef Garlinski, Jacob Goldberg, Gershon David Hundert, John D. Klier, Moshe Mishkinsky, Magdalena Opalski, M. J. Rosman, Rafael Scharf, Robert M. Seltzer, Chone Shmeruk, Jerzy Tomaszewski, Paul Wexler, Steven J. Zipperstein.


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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
Title Page4
Editors and Advisers7
Statement from the Editors14
Paul Wexler, The Reconstruction of Pre-Ashkenazic Jewish Settlements in the Slavic Lands in the Light of Linguistic Sources16
M. J. Rosman, Jewish Perceptions of Insecurity and Powerlessness in 16th–18th Century Poland32
Gershon David Hundert, Some Basic Characteristics of the Jewish Experience in Poland41
Jacob Goldberg, The Changes in the Attitude of Polish Society Toward the Jews in the 18th Century48
David Biale, Eros and Enlightenment: Love Against Marriage in the East European Jewish Enlightenment62
Magdalena Opalska, Polish-Jewish Relations and the January Uprising: The Polish Perspective81
Israel Bartal, Loyalty to the Crown or Polish Patriotism? The Metamorphoses of an Anti-Polish Story of the 1863 Insurrection94
John D. Klier, The Polish Revolt of 1863 and the Birth of Russification: Bad for the Jews?109
Moshe Mishkinsky, A Turning Point in the History of Polish Socialism and its Attitude Towards the Jewish Question124
Alina Cała, The Question of the Assimilation of Jews in the Polish Kingdom (1864–1897): An Interpretive Essay 143
Robert M. Seltzer, The Secular Appropriation of Hasidism by an East European Jewish Intellectual: Dubnow, Renan, and the Besht164
Jerzy Tomaszewski, Some Methodological Problems of the Study of Jewish History in Poland Between the Two World Wars176
Chone Shmeruk, Jews and Poles in Yiddish Literature in Poland Between the Two World Wars189
Jan Błoński, Is There a Jewish School of Polish Literature? 209
Józef Garlińki, The Underground Movement in Auschwitz Concentration Camp225
Jerzy Tomaszewski, Pińsk, Saturday 5 April, 1919240
On Translating the Bible into Polish: An Interview with Czesław Miłosz, Conducted by Ewa Czamecka265
A Dialogue283
Rafael Scharf, In Anger and In Sorrow towards A Polish-Jewish Dialogue283
Władysław Bartoszewski, Some Thoughts on Polish-Jewish Relations 291
Bibliographical Essays301
Andrzej Chojnowski, The Jewish Community of the Second Republic in Polish Historiography of the 1980s 301
David Engel, The Western Allies and the Holocaust 313
Władysław Bartoszewski, Five Wartime Testimonies 329
Steven J. Zipperstein, Ashkenazic Jewry and Catastrophe 340
Book Reviews349
Norman Davies, Heart of Europe. A Short History of Poland by L. R. Lewitter 349
Linda Gordon, Cossack Rebellions. Social Turmoil in the Sixteenth Century Ukraine by Zbigniew Wójcik350
Edward C. Thaden, Russia's Western Borderlands, 177–7870 by L. R. Lewitter352
Raymond Pearson, National Minorities in Eastern Europe, 1848–1945; S. M. Horak et al Eastern European National Minorities, 1979–7980 by Anthony Smith 353
Jerzy Tomaszewski, Rzecezpospolita wielu narodów (A Republic of Many Nations) by Józef Lewandowski355
Henry Rollet, La Pologne au XXe siècle by Józef Lewandowski358
Job Goldberg (ed) Jewish Privileges in the Polish Commonwealth. Charters of Rights Granted to Jewish Communities in Poland-Lithuania in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries by Maurycy Horn364
Jacob Goldberg (ed) Jewish Privileges in the Polish Commonwealth. Charters of Rights Granted to Jewish Communities in Poland-Lithuania in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries by Gershon David Hundert368
Maurycy Horn ( ed), Regesty dokumentów i ekscerpty z Metryki Koronnej do Historii Żydów w Polsce 1697–1795. T. I: Czasy saskie (1697–1763); T. II: Rzązdy Stanisiawa Augusta (1764–1795), Część I: (1764–1779) (Summaries of Records and Excerpts of the Crown Registry Relating to the History of Jews in Poland, 1697-1795. Vol. I; The Saxon Era [1697–1763]; Vol. II: The Reign of Stanislaw August [1764'-95], Part I, 1764-79) by Adam A. Hetnal371
Chone Shmeruk, The Esterke Story in Yiddish and Polish Literature. A Case Study in the Mutual Relations of Two Cultural Traditions by Jan Błoński 373
David Darshan, Shir HaMa'alot L'David and Ktav Hitnazzelut L'Darshanim. Translated and Annotated by H. G. Perelmuter by Louis Jacobs374
Raphael Mahler, Hasidism and the Jewish Enlightenment. Translated from the Yiddish by Eugene Orenstein. Translated from the Hebrew by Aaron Klein and Jenny Machlowitz Klein by Ada Rapoport-Albert375
Michael Stanislawski, Tsar Nicholas I and the Jews: The Transformation of Jewish Society in Russia 1825–1855 by Raymond Pearson380
O. O. Gruzenberg, Yesterday: Memoirs of a Russian-Jewish Lawyer. Edited by Don C. Rawson by Robert M. Seltzer382
David Berger (ed), The Legacy of Jewish Migration: 1881 and Its Impact by Ewa Morawska383
Steven E. Aschheim, Brothers and Strangers. The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800–1923 by Sergiusz Michalski386
Avigdor Dagan, Gertrude Hirschler and Lewis Weiner (eds) The Jews of Czechoslovakia. Historical Studies and Surveys by Peter Brod389
Ferdinand Seibt (ed), Die Juden in den bohmischen Ländern. Vorträge der Tagung des Collegium Carolinum in Bad Wiessee by Frank Golczewski390
Ezra Mendelsohn, The Jews of East Central Europe Between the World Wars by Jerzy Tomaszewski392
Joseph Marcus, Social and Political History of the Jews in Poland, 1919–7939 by Jerzy Holzer395
Shlomo Netzer Ma'avak Yehudei Polin al Zekhuyotehem ha-Ezrahiyot ve-ha-Leumiyot (1918–1922) (The Struggle of Polish Jewry for Civil and National Minority Rights [1918–1922]) by Gershon C. Bacon 401
Randolph L. Braham (ed), Perspectives on the Holocaust. The Hungarian Jewish Catastrophe. A Selected and Annotated Bibliography by Stephen Roth402
Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews by Richard I. Cohen404
Władysław Bartoszewski, Das Warschauer Ghetto – wie es wirklich war. Zeugenbericht eines Christen; Oswald Amstler. Solidarität zu Kindern in den nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslagern by John P. Fox408
Yisrael Gutman, The Jews of Warsaw 1939–1943: Ghetto, Underground, Revolt by Edward D. Wynot, Jr411
Yechiel Szeintuch (ed), Yitzhak Katzenelson: Yidishe geto-ksovim: Varshe 1940–1943 (Yitzhak Katzenelson: Yiddish Ghetto Writings: Warsaw 1940–1943) by David G. Roskies414
Karin Wolff (ed), Hiob 1943. Ein Requiem für das Warschauer Ghetto by Wtadystaw Bartoszewski 415
Lucjan Dobroszycki (ed), The Chronicle of the Łódź Ghetto 1947–1944 by John P. Fox416
Jack Kugelmass and Jonathan Boyarin (editors and translators), From a Ruined Garden. The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry. by Władysław T. Bartoszewski420
Rachel Ertel Le Shtetl. La bourgade juive de Pologne de la tradition à la modernité by Władysław T. Bartoszewski422
Fr. Tadeusz Sroka, Dziennik izraelski czyli religijny wymiar ludzkiego losu (An Israeli Diary, or the Religious Dimension of Man's Fate) by Stanisław Krajewski424
Znak. The Jews in Poland and the World by Rafael Scharf428
Gershon David Hundert and Gershon C. Bacon (eds), The Jews in Poland and Russia: Bibliographical Essays by Robert M. Seltzer431