Mapping Jewish Loyalties In Interwar Slovakia

Hardcover | February 12, 2015

byRebekah Klein-pejsová

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In the aftermath of World War I, the largely Hungarian-speaking Jews in Slovakia faced the challenge of reorienting their political loyalties from defeated Hungary to newly established Czechoslovakia. Rebekah Klein-PejÅ¡ová examines the challenges Slovak Jews faced as government officials, demographers, and police investigators continuously tested their loyalty. Focusing on "Jewish nationality" as a category of national identity, Klein-PejÅ¡ová shows how Jews recast themselves as loyal citizens of Czechoslovakia. Mapping Jewish Loyalties in Interwar Slovakia traces how the interwar state saw and understood minority loyalty and underscores how loyalty preceded identity in the redrawn map of east central Europe.

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In the aftermath of World War I, the largely Hungarian-speaking Jews in Slovakia faced the challenge of reorienting their political loyalties from defeated Hungary to newly established Czechoslovakia. Rebekah Klein-PejÅ¡ová examines the challenges Slovak Jews faced as government officials, demographers, and police investigators continu...

Rebekah Klein-Pejsová is Jewish Studies Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253015545

ISBN - 13:9780253015549

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Place-Names and List of Place-Name Equivalents
Introduction: Seek the "Right Path": The Jews of Slovakia in Remapped Post-World War One East Central Europe
1. From Hungary to Czechoslovakia: Jewish Transition to the Consolidating Czechoslovak State
2. Nationality is an Internal Conviction: Jewish Nationality and Czechoslovak Statebuilding
3. Contested Loyalty: Proving Slovak Jewish Loyalty to Czechoslovakia
4. Between the Nationalities: Statist Slovak Jews, Separatist Slovaks, and the Revisionist Threat
Conclusion: Mapping Jewish Loyalties
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"After WW I, former Hungarian territory became part of the newly established state of Czechoslovakia. Jews who had lived under Hungarian rule faced the problem of status and identity in a new state... The overall picture the author presents is skillfully balanced by effective individualized treatments of individuals and events.... Recommended." -Choice