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Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland Hardcover – Oct 31 2014

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (April 27 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253015006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253015006
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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The diversity and uniqueness of examples presented in 'Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland' make this book a significant contribution to Polish-Jewish memory studies.10/13/15 (Pol-Int)

Lehrer and Meng have edited an important interdisciplinary work, which should make an immediate impact on the field of Polish Jewish Studies.

(Religious Studies Review)

There has been a surge of interest in the history and lives of Polish Jews by Polish Gentiles and the descendants of Holocaust survivors in recent decades. . . This collection offers deep insights into and thoughtful analysis of this fascinating phenomenon. Highly recommended. (Choice)

Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland fills one with hope―for Poland as well as for the field of Jewish Studies. Indiana University Press is to be commended for a fine, and well-edited book. . . . This book should be required reading for those in the fields of Jewish and Polish Studies, yet it can be profitably read by those in German Studies, central and/or east European Studies, or indeed anyone who studies any part of Europe since 1989. (Slavic Review)

[T]he authors’ understanding of the Jewishness of 'Jewish space' encompasses the plurality of Jewish expression. As the editors note, their approach seeks 'to break out of predetermined, normative views of Jewishness to explore how history and identity inform each other, raise questions about difference and solidarity, and recognize that Jewish culture is shaped in a field of interactions with other cultures.' From the vantage point of Poland, the editors see their work as part of a national discourse, looking to the construction of a new, post-communist Polish identity.May 2015 (Literary Review of Canada)

Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland evokes a revolution – the word is not too strong – in the possibilities, new goals, and shifting facts on the ground associated with Jewish history and lives in Poland today. (Canadian Jewish News)

[This] collection is an important step toward deeper and clearer understanding of what Poland’s Jewish spaces were, are, and may yet become.October 2016 (H-SAE)


A fascinating reading of a palimpsest of death, devastation and revival of the Jewish world in East Central Europe. This volume brings to light an array of concrete developments occurring in Poland since the sweeping systemic change in the region: the reconstruction of the annihilated Jewish world takes place on the ruins of the communist utopia. This much-needed initiative surveys reconstructive and reconciliatory processes (such as the creation of the Polin, the first museum dedicated to the history of Polish Jewry, the revitalization of Cracow’s Jewish quarter and the ongoing restoration of Polish synagogues, as well as mental maps of nostalgia and memorization) and gives the reader a renewed sense of hope. As a discursive harbinger of the changes, this volume is both constructive in its ethical stance and constructivist in its approach to the cultural and material dimensions of that lost Jewish world. (Bożena Shallcross University of Chicago)

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