Between Budapest and Jerusalem: The Patai Letters, 1933-1938

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Lexington Books, 2000 - History - 333 pages
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The tribulations experienced by the five Patais (Raphael, his father, mother, brother, and sister), as well as their interactions with many well-known Jewish leaders, authors, and scholars of the 1930s both in Hungary and Palestine, spring to life in fascinating detail in the letters presented in Between Budapest and Jerusalem. Rich in source material, this book provides rare insight into the life of one of the first families of Hungary and Palestine, the twilight of the Hungarian Jewish community, the initial phase of Jewish nation-building in Palestine, and the Arab-Jewish struggle for that much-contested and much-loved land.

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Raphael Patai (1910-1996) authored over thirty books and edited many more on Jewish literature, religion, folklore and anthropology, the Arab world, and the modern Middle East. Several of his works have become classics, and for his significant contributions to scholarship Patai was awarded numerous top honors and prizes.

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