A History of East European Jews (Google eBook)

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Central European University Press, 2002 - History - 281 pages
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The origins and life of East European Jewry took on new historical and political importance after the Holocaust. In Poland alone 99 per cent of Polish Jews three million in all were killed; Yiddish as a spoken language more or less disappeared. This volume presents a history of East European Jewry from its beginnings to the period after the Holocaust. It gives an overview of the demographic, political, socioeconomic, religious and cultural conditions of Jewish communities in Poland, Russia, Bohemia and Moravia.

Interesting themes include the story of early settlers, the 'Golden Age', the influence of the Kabbalah and Hasidism. Vivid portraits of Jewish family life and religious customs make the book enjoyable to read.

  

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Contents

The Polish Princes Offer of Protection from Persecution
3
The Opponents of the Jews
11
Economic Success
15
Social Structure and Selfadministration of the Jews
18
Learning and Culture
22
The Jews as Intermediaries between Town and Country
27
EAST EUROPEAN JEWRY AS A CULTURAL PATTERN OF LIFE IN EASTERN EUROPE
33
The Catastrophe of 1648
35
Assimilation and Acculuration
122
Necktied and Kaftaned Jews
123
Jews in Warsaws and Lodz
125
The Jewish Family
133
Men and Women in Jewish Society
135
Jewish Upbringing
143
Everyday Religious Customs
146
Synagogue and Community Organizations
156

The Consequences of the Catastrophe
39
The Kabbala
42
Shabtai Tsevi and Jacob Frank
47
The Popular Piety of Hasidism
51
The Origins of the Ostjuden
56
The Shtetl
58
The Symbosis Diminishes
63
Jews in the Partitions of Poland
68
The Reaction of the Jews to the New Political Intellectual and Religious Conditions
74
The Tsarist Empire and the Jews
78
East European Jews outside Tsarist Rule
91
THE CRISIS OF THE JEWS IN EASTERN EUROPE AND A NEW IDENTITY
99
Transformation of the Traditional Intermediary Function
101
Explusion and Restructuring
106
Luftmenslm
109
Transformation of the Occupational Structure and New Intermediary Activities
111
Competition to Oust Rivals from the Market and AntiSemitism
117
The Jewish Enlightenment
119
Increasing Conflicts with the NonJewish World
161
Socialism Zionism New Jewish Identity
162
Immigration as an Attempt to Find a New Homeland
175
Galicia and Bukovina
181
Hungary
190
Different Attitudes to the Emancipation of the Jews in Romania Serbia and Bulgaria
194
The Case of Bohemia and Moravia
198
ATTEMPTED ANNIHILATION AND NEW HOPE
205
The Jews in the Russian Revolution and in the Soviet Union
207
The Jews in Poland between the Two World Wars
214
A Precarious Situation in Individual East European Countries
228
The Attempted Extermination of the Jews
233
New Suffering and New Hope
239
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORY
245
NOTES
251
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
263
INDEX
271
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