Jewish Bialystok And Its Diaspora

Paperback | May 7, 2010

byRebecca Kobrin

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The mass migration of East European Jews and their resettlement in cities throughout Europe, the United States, Argentina, the Middle East and Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries not only transformed the demographic and cultural centers of world Jewry, it also reshaped Jews' understanding and performance of their diasporic identities. Rebecca Kobrin's study of the dispersal of Jews from one city in Poland-Bialystok-demonstrates how the act of migration set in motion a wide range of transformations that led the migrants to imagine themselves as exiles not only from the mythic Land of Israel but most immediately from their east European homeland. Kobrin explores the organizations, institutions, newspapers, and philanthropies that the Bialystokers created around the world and that reshaped their perceptions of exile and diaspora.

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The mass migration of East European Jews and their resettlement in cities throughout Europe, the United States, Argentina, the Middle East and Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries not only transformed the demographic and cultural centers of world Jewry, it also reshaped Jews' understanding and performance of their diaspo...

Rebecca Kobrin is Assistant Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University. She is author (with Adam Shear) of an exhibition catalog, From Written to Printed Text: The Transmission of Jewish Tradition.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.06 inPublished:May 7, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221765

ISBN - 13:9780253221766

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Orthography and Transliteration

introduction: Between Exile and Empire: Visions of Jewish Dispersal in the Age of Mass Migration
1. The Dispersal Within: Bialystok, Jewish Migration, and Urban Life in the Borderlands of Eastern Europe
2. Rebuilding Homeland in Promised Lands
3. "Buying Bricks for Bialystok": Philanthropy and the Bonds of the New Jewish Diaspora
4. Rewriting the Jewish Diaspora: Images of Bialystok in the Transnational Bialystok Jewish Press, 1921-1949
5. Shifting Centers, Conflicting Philanthropists: Rebuilding, Resettling, and Remembering Jewish Bialystok in the Post-Holocaust Era

Epilogue: Diaspora and the Politics of East European Jewish Identity in the Age of Mass Migration
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"This well-researched and innovative study is both an account of the history of Jewish Bialystok and of the way its diaspora was mobilized to support Jewish life in the town from abroad.... It... provides a new way of examining the relation between East European Jewish emigrants and the lands from which they set out to make new lives elsewhere." -The Russian Review, Vol. 70.2, April 2011