Shtetl PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Shtetl free pdf The sub-title is important: "The History of a Small Town and an Extinguished World". The small town is Bransk, in eastern Poland. Before World War II, Bransk was a shtetl whose population was equally divided between Poles and Jews. Today there are no Jews. In "Shtetl", Eva Hoffman reconstructs the lost world of East European Jewry. She explores the rich culture and institutions of Polish Jews, and looks at the forms of multicultural coexistence during several centuries, the shades of prejudice and tolerance and the phases of conflict and comity. By probing the deep ambivalence that coloured relations between Poles and Jews on the eve of World War II, Shtetl throws new light on motives which influenced Christian villagers' decisions to rescue or betray their Jewish neighbours when the Nazis invaded. 'Charting the ebbs and flows of repression and tolerance, uprisings and occupation, migration and assimilation of Poland's history, "Shtetl" provides a rare and valuable analysis of the troubled relationship between Poles and Jews over the centuries. For the Jews, Poland is the symbol of murder where the Nazis set up their killing fields and where the Polish post-war response was further brutality, followed by amnesia: for the Poles, there remains a feeling of unfairness that their own wartime sufferings are overlooked. Hoffman's interest lies in rescuing the past from the evasions, concealments and half-truths demanded by post-war politics and national pride - as well as from the additions of the imagination, which all memory to some extent invokes' - Caroline Moorehead, "Daily Telegraph". 'A luminous and deeply engrossing social history' - Lisa Appignanesi, "Independent". 'This is a subtle, fair, scrupuously even-handed piece of work. It begs moral questions of us all ...Hoffman gives no answers, but she asks the questions, and observes the moral hazards with a rare sensitivity' - Julia Neuberger, "Irish Times".

About Eva Hoffman

Eva Hoffman, writer and academic, was born in Cracow, Poland in 1945. She has since lived in Canada, the U. S. A. and England. Among her books are Lost in Translation, After Such Knowledge, Exit into History and Shtetl. The last two are reissued in Faber Finds.

Details Book

Author : Eva Hoffman
Publisher : Faber
Data Published : 10 December 2009
ISBN : 0571256112
EAN : 9780571256112
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 302 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Shtetl



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality free pdfThe Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

    For thousands of years the Jewish tradition has been a source of moral guidance. for Jews and non-Jews alike. As the essays in this volume show. the theologians and practitioners of Judaism have a long history of wrestling with moral questions..


  • Cultures of the Jews free pdfCultures of the Jews

    WITH MORE THAN 100 BLACK-AND-WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
    Who are "the Jews". Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year-old history. are they one people or many. How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times..


  • Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries free pdfJews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries

    The papers in this volume are organized around the ambition to reboot the writing of history about Jews and Christians in the first two centuries CE. There are three focal points: (1) the varieties of Jewish and Christian expression in late Second Temple times..


  • Polish Film and the Holocaust free pdfPolish Film and the Holocaust

    During World War II Poland lost more than six million people. including about three million Polish Jews who perished in the ghettos and extermination camps built by Nazi Germany in occupied Polish territories..


  • Why the Jews? free pdfWhy the Jews?

    Why have Jews been the object of the most enduring and universal hatred in history. Why is the Jewish state the most hated country in the world today. Drawing on extensive historical research..


  • Shtetl free pdfShtetl

    . The sub-title is important: "The History of a Small Town and an Extinguished World". The small town is Bransk, in eastern Poland. Before World War II, Bransk was a shtetl whose population was equall