The Life and Death of A Small Town and the World of Polish Jews

Book - 1997
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Today the word "shtetl" (Yiddish for "small town") summons only hazy associations: images of Chagall-like crooked streets and glowing Sabbath dinners on one hand, of pogroms and brutal Cossacks on the other. In the artful hands of Eva Hoffman, Shtetl brings this lost world back to life, mining the deep rifts in Polish-Jewish relations in the small town of Bransk. With penetrating intelligence and a compassionate eye, Hoffman describes the culture and conflicts that influenced Christian villagers' decisions to conceal or betray Jewish neighbors when the Nazis invaded.

Baker & Taylor
Based in part on a PBS documentary, a chronicle of the small-town life of East European Jewry from the 1500s to the Holocaust focuses on the ghetto of Bransk, in eastern Poland, whose Jewish members died in the camps.

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In a history partly based on a 1996 PBS Frontline documentary, the Cracow-born author (former editor of the New York Times Book Review ) traces Polish- Jewish relationships over the centuries until the Holocaust through the microcosm of the Jewish shtetl. Meaning small town in Yiddish, shtetl bears connotations of idealized fiddlers on the roof on the one hand, and pogroms on the other. Includes b&w photos and maps; bibliography, but no index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Looks at eastern Poland's formerly multicultural town of Bransk, exploring its culture, institutions, and the forms of Polish-Jewish coexistence that effected relations between Poles and Jews prior to World War II

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1997
ISBN: 9780395822951
Branch Call Number: 943.83 HOF
Characteristics: xi, 269 p. ; 22 cm


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