Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 8

Jews in Independent Poland, 1918-1939
Edited by Antony Polonsky, Ezra Mendelsohn and Jerzy Tomaszewski

'Contains too many riches for a brief review to do them justice ... It is instructive to see how the subject of antisemitism is reflected in the pages of this volume, especially because of the number of the contributions by Polish scholars, some of them young, to a field that only a few years ago was virtually taboo in Poland.'
Abraham Brumberg, Times Literary Supplement

In the period between the two world wars, Poland's Jewish community of three million 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 antisemitism in Poland at that time, and the extent to which it aided the Nazis in carrying out their genocidal plans. This volume of Polin includes contributions from Poland, western Europe, Israel, and North America that 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.

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.

Ezra Mendelsohn is Professor in the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Jewry, and the Department of Russian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jerzy Tomaszewski is Professor of History in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Warsaw, and Director of the Mordecai Anieliewicz Center for the Study of the History and Culture of Polish Jews

Contributors
Franciszek Adamski, Professor of Sociology, and Chair of the Department of Social Pedagogy, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Stanislaus A. Blejwas, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University
Szyja Bronsztejn, Professor of Statistics, University of Wroclaw
Alina Cala, Director of Research, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
David Engel, Professor of Modern Jewish History, New York University
B. Garncarska-Kadary, Diaspora Research Institute, Tel Aviv University
Jerzy Holzer, Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Karol Jonca, Chair, Department of Political and Legal Thought, Faculty of Law, University of Wroclaw
Zbigniew Landau, Head, Department of Economic and Social History, Warsaw School of Economics
Anna Landau-Czajka, Historical Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Mark Levene, Lecturer in Modern History, University of Warwick
Ezra Mendelsohn, Professor, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Jewry, and Department of Russian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Andrzej Paczkowski, Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Rafael F. Scharf, Founder, Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, Oxford
Robert Moses Shapiro, Yeshiva University
Dariusz Stola, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Jerzy Tomaszewski, Professor, Institute of Political Science, and Director, Mordecai Anieliewicz Center for the Study of the History and Culture of Polish Jews, University of Warsaw
Yehiel Yeshaia Trunk
Alfred Wislicki


Publication details

Format 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 6" x 9"
Pages 480 pages, 2 maps, 14 tables
ISBN 978-1-904113-22-5 paperback
Price £21.95 / $34.95 paperback
Date of publication July 2004 paperback

Contents

Preface
Note on Transliteration, Translation, and Place-names
Abbreviations
Introduction ANTONY POLONSKY
Part I Jews in Independent Poland, 1918-1939
Jewish Historiography on Polish Jewry in the Interwar Period EZRA MENDELSOHN
Britain, a British Jew, and Jewish Relations with the new Poland: The Making of the Polish Minorities Treaty of 1919 MARK LEVENE
The Social Consciousness of Young Jews in Interwar Poland ALINA CALA
Polish-Jewish Relations as Reflected in Memoirs of the Interwar Period SZYJA BRONSZTEJN
Shtetl Communities: Another Image ANNAMARIA ORLA-BUKOWSKA
The Civil Rights of Jews in Poland, 1918-1939 JERZY TOMASZEWSKI
The Jewish Question in Polish Religious Periodicals in the Second Republic: The Case of the Przeglad katolicki FRANCISZEK ADAMSKI
The Image of the Jew in the Catholic Press during the Second Republic ANNA LANDAU-CZAJKA
The Jewish Press in the Political Life of the Second Republic ANDRZEJ PACZKOWSKI
Polish Political Parties and Antisemitism JERZY HOLZER
The Polish Kehillah Elections of 1936: A Revolution Re-examined ROBERT MOSES SHAPIRO
Jewish Artisans ZBIGNIEW LANDAU
Some Aspects of the Life of the Jewish Proletariat in Poland during the Interwar Period B. GARNCARSKA-KADARY
The Expulsion of Polish Jews from the Third Reich in 1938 KAROL JONCA
The Jewish Boycott Campaign against Nazi Germany and its Culmination in the Halbersztadt Trial ALFRED WISLICKI
What Shall We Tell Miriam? A Tale for the Present RAFAEL F. SCHARF
Poyln: Land of Sages and Tsadikim YEHIEL YESHAIA TRUNK
Part II Reviews
REVIEW ESSAYS
Why Did Assimilation Fail in the Kingdom of Poland between 1864 and 1897? STANISLAUS A. BLEJWAS
In the Shadow of the Facts DARIUSZ STOLA
Readings and Misreadings: A Reply to Dariusz Stola DAVID ENGEL
BOOK REVIEWS
Editor's Notes
Notes on Contributors
Glossary
Index

 

Reviews

'The volume contains too many riches for a brief review to do them justice . . . It is instructive to see how the subject of antisemitism is reflected in the pages of this volume, especially because of the number of the contributions by Polish scholars, some of them young, to a field that only a few years ago was virtually taboo in Poland.'
Abraham Brumberg, Times Literary Supplement