Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 5

New Research, New Views
Edited by Antony Polonsky

This volume focuses on Polish Jews in Germany; Zionism in Poland; and art and architecture. More specifically, this latter section considers the physical impact of the Jewish presence in Polish towns-in general, and in Góra Kalwaria, home to the Gerer hasidic dynasty; there is also a map of synagogue buildings still standing in 1988 and an inventory showing their current use, and an illustrated article on new Jewish monuments in Warsaw. Several of the remaining articles relate to Polish or Yiddish literature.

About the editors

Antony Polonsky is Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Chief Historian of the Permanent Collection of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw.


Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska, Józef Adelson, Mark Baker, Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski, Eleonora Bergman, Andrzej S. Ciechanowiecki, Artur Eisenbach, John P. Fox, Jedrzej Giertych, Joseph Goldstein, Karel Grünberg, Jan Jagielski, Stanislaw Jankowski, Paul Latawski, Krystyn Matwijowski, Jadwiga Maurer, Moshe Mishkinsky, Israel Oppenheim, Adam Penkalla, Maria and Kazimierz Pietchotka, Krzysztof Pilarczyk, Tomasz Polanski, Laura Quercioli-Mincer, Chone Shmeruk, Laurence Weinbaum

Contributor information

Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska, Lecturer in English, Marie Curie-Sklodowska Univesity, Lublin
Józef Adelson, Research Centre on Jewish History, University of Warsaw
Mark Baker, Lecturer in Modern Jewish History, University of Melbourne
Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski, Research Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford
Eleonora Bergman, architect
Andrzej S. Ciechanowiecki, art historian
Artur Eisenbach, Professor Emeritus of Social History, Historical Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
John P. Fox
Jedrzej Giertych, lawyer, ex-diplomat, publicist, and writer
Joseph Goldstein, Senior Lecturer, Department of the History of the Jewish People, Haifa University, and Open University, Tel Aviv
Karel Grünberg, Professor of History, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Tor�n
Jan Jagielski, Vice-President, Citizens Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries and Cultural Monuments in Poland
Stanislaw Jankowski, architect and town planner
Paul Latawski, Assistant Professor of International Relations, New England College; Honorary Visiting Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
Krystyn Matwijowski, Professor of Polish and General History, University of Wroclaw
Jadwiga Maurer, Professor of Slavic languages and Literatures, University of Kansas
Moshe Mishkinsky, Emeritus Professor of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University
Israel Oppenheim, Associate Professor of the History of the Jewish People in Eastern Europe, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-sheva
Adam Penkalla, State Workshops for Preserving Historic Buildings, Radom
Maria and Kazimierz Pietchotka, architects and architectural historians
Krzysztof Pilarczyk, Lecturer, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Tomasz Polanski, Research Worker, Jewish Museum, Kraków
Laura Quercioli-Mincer
Chone Shmeruk, Professor of Yiddish Literature, and Chairman, Academic Board, Center for Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jews, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Laurence Weinbaum, University of Warsaw


Publication details


23.5 x 15.5 cm / 6" x 9"

Pages 510 pages, 20 pages plates, 20 maps & plans, table
ISBN 978-0-631-17886-6 hardback out of print
978-1-904113-79-9 print on demand
Price £24.95 / $39.95
Date of publication 1990 out of print
January 2008 paperback


Statement from the Editors
Art and Architecture
Góra Kalwaria: The Impact of a Hasidic Cult on the Urban Landscape of a Small Polish Town ELEONORA BERGMAN
Jewish Districts in the Spatial Structure of Polish Towns MARIA and KAZIMIERZ PIECHOTKA
The Function of Synagogues in the PPR, 1988 ELEONORA BERGMAN and JAN JAGIELSKI
Memory: The New Monuments commemorating the Struggle and Martyrdom of the Jews of Warsaw STANISLAW JANKOWSKI
Polish Jews in Germany The Expulsion of Jews with Polish Citizenship from Bavaria in 1923 JOZEF ADELSON
Reichskristallnacht 9 November 1938 and the Ostjuden Perspective to the Nazi Search for a 'Solution' to the Jewish Question JOHN P. FOX
The Atrocities against the Jews in the Third Reich as seen by the ENDECJA (1933- 1939) KAROL GRUNBERG
Zionism in Poland
The Beginnings of the Zionist Movement in Congress Poland: The Victory of the Hasidim over the Zionists? JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
The Ideological Background to the Hehaluts Movement in Russia and Poland in the 1920s: Parallels and Divergences ISRAEL OPPENHEIM
Jabotinsky and the Poles LAURENCE WEINBAUM
Yiddish Literature and Collective Memory: The Case of the Chmielnicki Massacres CHONE SHMERUK
The Omission of Jewish Topics in Mickiewicz Scholarship JADWIGA MAURER
The Polish Interfaith Alliance ARTUR EISENBACH
The Reassessment of Haskala Ideology in the Aftermath of the 1863 Polish Revolt MARK BAKER
Polish Socialism and the Jewish Question on the Eve of the Establishment of the Polish Socialist Party (PPR) and Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland MOSHE MISHKINSKY
A Voice from the Diaspora: Julian Stryjkowski LAURA QUERCIOLI-MINCER
Poles and Poland in I. B. Singer's Fiction MONIKA ADAMCZYK-GARBOWSKA
Letter from JEDRZEJ GIERTYCH to the Editor of Polin
The Dmowski-Namier Feud: A Reply to Giertych Notes International Symposium on the Bibliography of Polish Judaic Documents, Kraków, 1998 KRZYSZTOF PILARCZYK
The Conference 'Studies on the History of the Jewish Inhabitance of Silesia', Wroclaw, 1998 KRYSTYN MATWIJOWSKI
The History of Towns and Burghers in Pre-Partition Poland TOMASZ POLANSKI
The 'Genealogical Sketches' of Kazimierz Reychman ANDRZEJ S. CIECHANOWIECKI
German Photographic Documentation of Jewish Ghettos in Poland WLADYSLAW T. BARTOSZEWSKI
Four Jewish Memoirs from Occupied Poland WLADYSLAW T. BARTOSZEWSKI
Letters to the Editors