How They Lived -
The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews, 1867-1940 (Volume 1 and 2)
András Koerner was born in Budapest, Hungary, where he completed a degree in architecture and worked as an architect. In 1968, he moved to the United States, where he continued to pursue his profession. Since his retirement in 2000, he has written several books and acted as a curator to several exhibitions. His books include A Taste of the Past, The Daily Life and Cooking of a 19 th-Century Hungarian Jewish Homemaker (University Press of New England, 2004), The Stages of Andor Weinginer from the Bauhaus to New York (Alma on Dobbin, 2008), Egy vonakodó zsidó. Esszék és történetek (A Reluctant Jew. Essays and Stories. 2B Alapítvány, 2013) and the Hungarian version of the present volumes: Hogyan éltek? A magyar zsidók hétköznapi élete. 1867‒1940 (How They Lived. The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews. 1867‒1940. 1-2, Corvina Kiadó, 2013, 2015).
This two-volume work tries to create a coherent narrative of how the many types of Hungarian Jews spent their days in the decades before the Holocaust. No matter how imperfect, how incomplete such reconstructions might be, it is still better than accepting that this multifaceted, fascinating world must inevitably disappear without a trace. The first volume of this book examines the visible and tangible aspects of everyday life among the various groups of Hungarian Jews between 1867 and 1940: their dress and facial hair, their places of living, and their workplaces. The second volume describes the same period, but in contrast to the first volume it focuses mainly on cultural factors that determine lifestyle, such as family life, religious customs, social life, learning, military life, as well as a few other activities.
Both books present lifestyles through contemporaneous photos accompanied by texts analyzing them and highlighting their social and historical backgrounds.
“András Koerner's book gives an overall picture of various layers of Hungarian Jewish existence with a large number of photographs accompanied by seminal historical analyses about their meaning and relevance. This is an ingenious introduction into a problem area rarely explored in scholarly literature. It can serve future research as well as offer an original approach to the often ambiguous situation of Jews in a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional nation state, where they constituted the most dynamic force of modernization, cultural, and economic progress. This book is the fruit of a highly ambitious and indeed unique enterprise, without any real precedents.” —Victor Karady
Vol. 1. 250 pages, with numerous photos, 274mm x 232mm, 10.79” x 9.13”, 2015
978-963-386-002-1 cloth $85.00 / €64.00 / £54.00
978-963-386-008-3 paperback $45.00 / €34.00 / £29.00
Vol. 2. 270 pages, with numerous photos, 274mm x 232mm, 10.79” x 9.13”, 2016
978-963-386-175-2 cloth $85.00 / €64.00 / £54.00
978-963-386-174-5 paperback $45.00 / €34.00 / £29.00