Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

POLIN

Reviews

'The history of Polish–Jewish relations is of crucial importance in the history of the Jews since the late Middle Ages, and scarcely less so in the history of Poland in more modern times. The story is often painful, at all times complex, and at times of high achievement; and it deserves the kind of objective and illuminating treatment that I am sure [Polin] will provide.'
Sir Isaiah Berlin

'Polin . . . has performed an extraordinary act of memory retrieval in its own right.'
Irving Louis Horowitz

'Nobody can doubt that systematic study of Polish–Jewish history is of the highest scholarly interest. . . . Polin, having many prominent Polish and Jewish scholars among its contributors, will be able to inject a new life into those studies. All scholars in the humanities will certainly hail it as a most welcome event.'
Leszek Kolakowski

'It is certainly the leading publication in its field and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in this important and fascinating subject . . . we should recognise the valuable work of Polin, whose scholarship serves to further Polish–Jewish understanding.'
Melissa Collett, Liberal Jewish Synagogue News

'Fascinating reading . . . they stimulate various revelations; and induce the abandoning of stereotypes. The introduction of part of the contents . . . to a wider public circulation in Poland would be probably very profitable.'
Michal Horoszewicz, Acta Poloniae Historica

'No comparable journal exists and Polin is to be emphatically recommended to all students of Polish and Jewish history.'
Lionel Kochan, British Book News

'Adds in an unusual way to our knowledge of our past. It illustrates parallel paths which were suddenly—and irrevocably closed. It dispels more than one comfortable stereotype, flattering to our self-perception.'
Michal Horoszewicz, Czlowiek i Swiatopoglad

'This series is now well established and vital to current Jewish historiography.'
Albert H. Friedlander, European Judaism

'Taken in all, the standard . . . is extremely high . . . There is much of genuine interest on a lost world . . . if the standard of the best of these essays is maintained, there will be much of interest and enlightenment in store both for the professional and amateur historian alike.'
Hugh Courts, Jewish Book News & Reviews

'Perhaps the only scholarly publication devoted entirely to Polish–Jewish history . Readers are struck by the sheer weight of scholarship and by the quality of historical research represented . . . they will be struck even more by the freshness of approach many of the authors apply . . . It is already becoming, and fast, a weighty, ineradicable presence in the continuing Polish–Jewish history, as well as in the on-going social-scientific effort to comprehend the changing world in which we live.'
Zygmunt Bauman, Jewish Quarterly

'These scholarly pieces demonstrate the often total absurdity of the stereotypes of the Jew created on the Polish side. They also lead us to reflect on the images of the Pole which have become embedded in Jewish consciousness . . .'
Michael Horoszewicz, Kultura i Spoleczenstwo

'Proof that there has now been established a proper forum for the exchange of ideas on Polish–Jewish matters, which is vital to deepen our understanding of these problems which have often been overgrown by misunderstandings, myths, and falsifications . . . creates the chance to conduct genuine discussion on the most difficult Polish-Jewish problems and to initiate and develop scholarly investigation of these problems . . . Reading Polin, one becomes aware how much is being done in the world to explain the history of the Jews and to examine it in a more rational manner. It also shows how necessary is discussion of this type on an international plane and how dangerous to scholarly understanding are all prejudices which derive from a chauvinistic basis.'
Wojciech Wrzesinski, Orda

'Further evidence of the vitality of the study of the Jews in Poland which is now taking the character of a debate conducted on an international level.'
Daniel Tollet, Revue des Etudes Juives

'It is impossible to read Polin with indifference, but is does encourage one to take a balanced attitude . . . The authors frequently ask difficult questions, both of themselves and of their own group. Everything has been done to ensure that the "dialogue" is not an exchange of the deaf and that controversial issues should be resolved in a scholarly manner.'
Maria Karpluk, Studia Historyczne

'Performs a very valuable function as a forum in which both sides—Polish and Jewish—can discuss their views. That such a forum is needed is evident from the distance which remains between Jewish and Polish perceptions of their common history.'
Steven Beller, Times Higher Education Supplement

 

Polin, established in 1986 by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, has acquired a well-deserved reputation for publishing authoritative material on all aspects of Polish Jewry. Contributions are drawn from many disciplines-history, politics, religious studies, literature, linguistics, sociology, art, and architecture-and from a wide variety of viewpoints.

Published for the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies.

If you would like to find out more about the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies or the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies, please contact them at polin@littman.co.uk.

The American Association has its own website which can be found at http://aapjstudies.org.

Book and other reviews submitted to Polin are now published only on the website of the American Association for Polish–Jewish Studies at aapjstudies.org/index.php?id=4.

Author/Editor Title
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 1
Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 2
Jews and the Emerging Polish State
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 3
The Jews of Warsaw
Bartoszewski, Wladyslaw T. Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 4
Poles and Jews: Perceptions and Misperceptions
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 5
New Research, New Views
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 6
Jews in Lódz
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 7
Jewish Life in Nazi-Occupied Warsaw
Polonsky, Antony From Shtetl to Socialism
Studies from Polin
Polonsky, Antony
Mendelsohn, Ezra
Tomaszewski, Jerzy
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 8
Jews in Independent Poland
Polonsky, Antony
Bartal, Israel
Hundert, Gershon David
Opalski, Magdalena
Tomaszewski, Jerzy
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 9
Jews, Poles, Socialists: The Failure of an Ideal
Hundert, Gershon David Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 10
Jews in Early Modern Poland
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 11
Aspects and Experiences of Religion
Bartal, Israel
Polonsky, Antony
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 12
Galicia: Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians, 1772-1918
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry
Index to Volumes 1-12
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 13
The Holocaust and its Aftermath
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 14
Jews in the Polish Borderlands
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 15
Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900
Steinlauf, Michael C. & Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 16
Jewish Popular Culture in Poland and its Afterlife
Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 17
The Shtetl: Myth and Reality
Freeze, ChaeRan
Hyman, Paula & Polonsky, Antony
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 18
Jewish Women in Eastern Europe
Biskupski, Mieczyslaw B. & Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 19
Polish-Jewish Relations in North America
Finder, Gabriel; Aleksiun, Natalia; Polonsky, Antony; Schwarz, Jan Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 20
Making Holocaust Memory
Gluchowski, Lech & Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 21
1968: Forty Years After
Teller, Adam; Teter, Magda & Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 22
Social and Cultural Boundaries in Pre-Modern Poland
Galas, Michal; Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 23
Jews in Kraków
Bartal, Israel; Polonsky, Antony; Ury, Scott Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 24
Jews and their Neighbours in Eastern Europe since 1750
Liekis, Sarunas; Polonsky, Antony; Freeze, ChaeRan Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 25
Jews in the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1772
Petrovsky-Shtern, Yohanan & Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 26
Jews and Ukrainians
Dynner, Glenn; Polonsky, Antony; Wodziński, Marcin Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 27
Jews in the Kingdom of Poland, 1815–1914
Garbowska, Monika; Polonsky, Antony; Prokóp-Janiec, Eugenia; Żurek, Sławomir Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 28
Jewish Writing in Poland
Aleksiun, Natalia; Horowitz, Brian; Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 29
Writing East European Jewish History
Adler, Eliyana; Polonsky, Antony Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 30
Education in East European Jewish Society

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