Between Budapest and Jerusalem

Between Budapest and Jerusalem : The Patai Letters, 1933-1948

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The tribulations experienced by the five Patais (Raphael, his father, mother, brother, and sister), as well as their interactions with many well-known Jewish leaders, authors, and scholars of the 1930s both in Hungary and Palestine, spring to life in fascinating detail in the letters presented in Between Budapest and Jerusalem. Rich in source material, this book provides rare insight into the life of one of the first families of Hungary and Palestine, the twilight of the Hungarian Jewish community, the initial phase of Jewish nation-building in Palestine, and the Arab-Jewish struggle for that much-contested and much-loved more

Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 507.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739102117
  • 9780739102114

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1933-1934 Chapter 2 1935 Chapter 3 1936 Chapter 4 1937 Chapter 5 1938 Chapter 6 Postscriptshow more

Review quote

Professor Patai presents his adventurous and broadly based experiences in Palestine in an engaging and zestful manner and with a keen eye for details that often range from the surprising to the extraordinary. Never a dull moment... The rich texture of details and the author's explanatory notes reveal a veritable reservoir of information that researchers of interwar Palestine and Hungary will find invaluable. -- Andrew Handler, University of Miami Through personal, first-hand letters, Between Budapest and Jerusalem brings an entire world to life in all its elegiac, bittersweet quality. I can't quite recall seeing anything of this magnitude or of this genre for Hungarian Jewry... I truly believe that it will become a haunting classic of its kind. -- Howard M. Sacharshow more

About Raphael Patai

Raphael Patai (1910-1996) authored over thirty books and edited many more on Jewish literature, religion, folklore and anthropology, the Arab world, and the modern Middle East. Several of his works have become classics, and for his significant contributions to scholarship Patai was awarded numerous top honors and more