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In a time of national introspection regarding the country's involvement in the persecution of Jews, Poland has begun to reimagine spaces of and for Jewishness in the Polish landscape, not as a form of nostalgia but as a way to encourage the pluralization of contemporary society. The essays in this book explore issues of the restoration, restitution, memorializing, and tourism that have brought present inhabitants into contact with initiatives to revive Jewish sites. They reveal that an emergent Jewish presence in both urban and rural landscapes exists in conflict and collaboration with other remembered minorities, engaging in complex negotiations with local, regional, national, and international groups and interests. With its emphasis on spaces and built environments, this volume illuminates the role of the material world in the complex encounter with the Jewish past in contemporary Poland.show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 21 b&w illus., 5 maps, 4 tables
  • 0253015030
  • 9780253015037
  • 748,357

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[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 * 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 * [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 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 * 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 * 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 *show more

About Erica T. Lehrer

Erica Lehrer is Associate Professor in the History and Sociology/Anthropology Departments at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she also holds the Canada Research Chair in Post-Conflict Memory, Ethnography, and Museology.Michael Meng is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Clemson University, South Carolina.show more

Table of contents

Introduction / Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng1. "Owicim"/ "Auschwitz": Archeology of a Mnemonic Battleground / Genevieve Zubrzycki2. Restitution of Communal Property and the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland / Stanislaw Tyszka3. Muranow as a Ruin: Layered Memories in Postwar Warsaw / Michael Meng4. Stettin, Szczecin, and the "Third Space." Urban nostalgia in the German/Polish/Jewish borderlands / Magdalena Waligorska5. Rediscovering the Jewish Past in the Polish Provinces: The Socio-Economics of Nostalgia / Monika Murzyn-Kupisz6. Amnesia, Nostalgia, and Reconstruction: Shifting Modes of Memory in Poland's Jewish Spaces / Slawomir Kapralski7. Jewish Heritage, Pluralism, and Milieux de Memoire: the case of Krakow's Kazimierz / Erica Lehrer8. The Ethnic Cleansing of the German-Polish-Jewish `Lodzermensch' / Winson Chu9. Stony Survivors: Images of Jewish Space on the Polish Landscape / Robert L. Cohn10. Reading the Palimpsest / Konstanty Gebert11. A Jew, a Cemetery, and a Polish Village: A Tale of the Restoration of MemoryJonathan Webber12. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews: A Post-War, Post-Holocaust, Post-Communist Story / Barbara Kirshenblatt-GimblettEpilogue: Jewish Spaces and their Future / Diana PintoNotesContributorsIndexshow more

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