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This Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Professor Antony Polonsky will be speaking at the Newton Free Library about the Jews of Eastern Europe on the Eve of World War II.  Whether you had family who lived in Eastern Europe before the war or want to know more about the topic, this talk should be well worth your time.  Professor Polonsky recreates a rich and vibrant world that is often lost in the shadows of myths,  stereotypes, and what we know now was to come.

Professor Polonsky is currently the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust studies at Brandeis.  Several of the books he has authored or edited are listed below. Besides Professor Polonsky’s books, I have also listed other selected books on the topic for those who would like to do further reading.  For additional information on the talk, click this link.

Books by Antony Polonsky at the Newton Free Library

The Jews in Poland and Russia. (3 vols.) Oxford; Portland, OR: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2010-2012.   947.004 P76J

The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland. Edited by Antony Polonsky and Joanna B. Michlic.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004.   940.531 NEIGHBORS

From Shtetl to Socialism: Studies from Polin. Edited by Antony Polonsky.  London; Washington: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1993.  943.8 FROM

A Selection of Related Books

Cohen, Chester G. Shtetl Finder: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1989.  929.1 COHEN

Dawidowicz, Lucy S. The Golden Tradition: Jewish Life and Thought in Eastern Europe. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 947.004 D32G

Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust.  Edited by Shmuel Spector.  3 vols. Jerusalem: Vad Vashem/New York: New York University Press, 2001.  R 940.531 ENCYCLOPEDIA
—–This work provides the history of the shtetls and cities of nearly every country in continental Europe.  (Exceptions are Bulgaria, Finland, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.)

Gitelman, Zvi Y.  A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union.  New York: Schocken Books: 1988. 947.004 G44C

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today.  New York: J. Wiley, 1994.  943 G92U

Haumann, Heiko.  A History of Eastern European Jews. Budapest; New York: Central European University Press: 2002.  947.004 HAUMANN

Mokotoff, Gary, Sallyann Amdur Sack, and Alexander Sharon.  Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust.  Revised ed. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2002. R 940.531 M72W
—–This work is key to finding the location of Jewish communities in Europe.  It not only gives you town names, but alternative names, nearby towns, and town names using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System.  This system groups town names phonetically, by how the names sound.  This may be the only way you can find a town whose name has been misspelled. Read the explanatory text (pp. xi-xxvi) before using this book.

Reiss, Lionel S. (Lionel Samson) A World in Twilight: A Portrait of the Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.  New York, Macmillan, 1971. 914.7 R27W

Shternshis, Anna.  Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.  947.004 S56S

Vishniac, Roman. To Give Them Light: The Legacy of Roman Vishniac. Edited by Marion Wiesel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993. 305.892 V82T
—–Vishniac was a photographer who traveled throughout Eastern Europe in the years before World War II.

Roth, Joseph.  Translated by Michael Hofmann. The Wandering Jew. New York : Norton, 2001.  305.892 R74W
—–This is the first English translation of the journalist Joseph Roth who died in 1939. These  writings are about Jews in pre-World War II Europe.

The Yivo Encyclopedia of  Jews in Eastern Europe.  Gershon David Hundert, editor in chief. (2 vols.) New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008  R 305.892 Y65H

Zborowski, Mark and Elizabeth Herzog.  Life is with People: The Jewish Little-Town of Eastern Europe.  New York: International Universities Press, 1962. 296 Z19L

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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New York, NY 10011- 6301
Telephone: (212) 246-6080
http://www.yivoinstitute.org

vea/28 September 2012
Newton Free Library
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