The Lithuanian Jews, Litvaks, played an important and unique role not only within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but in a wider context of Jewish life and culture in Eastern Europe, too. The changing world around them at the end of the nineteenth century and during the first decades of the twentieth had a profound impact not only on the Jewish communities, but also on a parallel world of the "others," that is, those who lived with them side by side. Exploring and demonstrating this development from various angles is one of the themes and objectives of this book. Another is the analysis of the Shoah, which ended the centuries of Jewish culture in Lithuania: a world of its own had vanished within months. This book, therefore, "recalls" that vanished world. In doing so, it sheds new light on what has been lost. The papers presented in this collection were delivered at the international conferences in Nida (1997) and Telsiai (2001), Lithuania. Participants came from Israel, the USA, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Germany, and Lithuania.
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
"a path-breaking collection ...The authors of the studies are recognized as leading scholars in the field and their articles offer a wide-ranging objective picture of the issues that are generally free from polemic and stereotypical descriptions" in: Religious Studies Review, Vol. 31, Issue 1 & 2, January, April 2005 "constitutes on the whole a useful contribution to the historiography of the Baltic region, but also to Jewish studies and the growing historiography of non-Russian regions of the Russian empire and Soviet Union." in: Nordost-Archiv XIV (2005)
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