Browse our new books at BASEES Annual Conference 2-4 April 2016, Cambridge, and buy or order the exhibited titles at a special discount.

Anglo-American University and Central European University Press invite you to the launch of Milada Polišenská's new book: Czechoslovak Diplomacy and the Gulag, 1945–1953
Time: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 18:00
Venue: AAU campus in the Grand Hall, of the Thurn-Taxis Palace, Letenská 5, Prague 1 – Malá Strana. more information

Listen to a talk with Péter Molnár and Dunja Mijatović about Free Speech and Censorship around the Globe.

Book Talks: Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary
Time: 12:00pm, Thursday, February 25, 2016
Venue: Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, Columbia University (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th St., New York more information
and
Time: 4pm, March 1, 2016
Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 more information

We are pleased to announce that Jewish Life in Belarus by Leonid Smilovitsky was selected by Choice magazine for its 2015 Outstanding Academic Titles award.

Listen to the book interview of Through the Window.

2016 Spring/Summer catalogue is available for download.

Center for Jewish History and Leo Baeck Institute (with additional support from the Hungarian Cultural Center) present How They Lived: The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews, 1867-1940

Discussants:
András Koerner,
author
Natalia Aleksiun
, Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York and Assistant Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences' Institute of History in Warsaw (Poland);
Ilse J. Lazaroms
, CJH Prins Post Doctoral Fellow, and
Howard N. Lupovitch, Wayne State University.
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Darius Staliunas, author of Enemies for a Day: Antisemitism and Anti-Jewish Violence in Lithuania under the Tsar, talks about his book at Stanford University.
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He also gives a lecture on 4th February about Lithuanians and Jews in the 19th Century at The Melikian Center at Arizona State University more

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A History of East European Jews

Heiko Haumann, Professor of History of Eastern Europe at the University of Basel

Translated by James Patterson

The origins and life of East European Jewry took on new historical and political importance after the Holocaust. Two thirds of European Jewry and about one third of the world's Jewish population were murdered by the Nazis. In Poland alone - 99 per cent of Polish Jews - three million in all were killed; Yiddish as a spoken language more or less disappeared. This volume presents a history of East European Jewry from its beginnings to the period after the Holocaust. It gives an overview of the demographic, political, socio-economic, religious and cultural conditions of Jewish communities in Poland, Russia, Bohemia and Moravia. The structure of the book is chronological: a 'history of events' description enriched with cultural elements.

Interesting themes include the story of early settlers, the 'Golden Age', the influence of the Kabbalah and Hasidism. Vivid portraits of Jewish family life and religious customs make the book enjoyable to read.

" I am an East European Jew [Ostjude], and our homeland lies wherever we have our dead.' So speaks the millionaire Henry Bloomfield in Joseph Roth's novel Hotel Savoy as he visits the grave of his father, Jechiel Blumenfeld. This sentence encompasses the entire history of the 'East European Jews' (sometimes referred to simply as Ostjuden). They are not simply 'the Jews in Eastern Europe'- although they developed there as a characteristic type - because they are scattered throughout the world. They have left behind their dead in many countries. Often, memory remained their only homeland."
- from the Foreword of the book

An easily readable introduction into a widely researched scholarly field, A History of East European Jews provides useful information for the educated and interested general reader. Further reading on the subject is stimulated by the work's extensive bibliography.

"Haumann is a well-known specialist in eastern European Jewish history who teaches at the University of Basel. His popular one volume history of east European Jewry appeared in two editions in German and it has also been translated into a number of languages.
... a very readable general introduction to east European Jewish life and culture." - Religious Studies Review

Contents

1. Poland as a place of refuge for Jews 2. The Ostjuden as a new way of life in Eastern Europe 3. Crisis of the Jews in Eastern Europe and a new identity 4. Attempted annihilation and new hope

2002
250 pages
ISBN 978-963-9241-37-4 cloth $49.95 / €42.95 / £33.00
ISBN 978-963-9241-26-8 paperback $27.95 / €24.95 / £22.99

 

 

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