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The Shtetl
Author: Steven T. Katz

ISBN: 9780814748015
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 16 June 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.8
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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction."This important and comprehensive collection provides a fascinating re-evaluation of one of the main locations of Jewish life in Eastern Europe down to the Holocaust and beyond." -- Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University"The contributors help lift the veil of nostalgia that has long obscured the history of small town East European Jewish life. They contest the literary conception of the hermetically sealed, monolithic shtetl, and describe a more integrated and varied Jewish-Christian (and Jewish-Jewish) dynamic that seems much more true to life. This collection constitutes an important step beyond the older, diachronic understanding of Jewish history." -- Glenn Dynner, author of "Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society"Dating from the sixteenth century, there were hundreds of shtetls-- Jewish settlements-- in Eastern Europe that were home to a large and compact population that differed from their gentile, mostly peasant neighbors in religion, occupation, language, and culture. The shtetls we...

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