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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Norman Salsitz, as told to Richard Skolnik

Norman Salsitz, as told to Richard Skolnik

A Jewish Boyhood in Poland: Remembering Kolbuszowa

(Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992);

pp. xvi 126116 illus.

Norman Salsitz, as told to Richard Skolnik
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Jerzy Tomaszewski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how Richard Skolnik spent many hours taping the recollections of Norman Salsitz, who was born in the small Polish town of Kolbuszowa in 1920. These tapes are the basis of a book on the life and death of the shtetl until 1942. It is one of the most important sources concerning the internal life, social structure, economic conditions, traditions, and slow changes going on between the two world wars in a typical rural Jewish community. Salsitz was born into a traditional, hasidic, relatively rich family. He began early to participate in business life, and his descriptions of economic conditions, including social stratification, are vivid. Significant also are Salsitz's recollections of the political attitudes of both Jews and Poles. The Salsitz family was equally committed to Polish patriotic traditions and the Jewish way of life, but Polish attitudes towards Jews differed substantially from Jewish attitudes towards Poland and Polish identity. Jews felt patriotic towards Poland, but still suffered from some of the antisemitism of their fellow townsfolk.

Keywords:   Richard Skolnik, Norman Salsitz, Kolbuszowa, shtetl, rural Jewish community, Polish patriotic traditions, Jewish life, Poland, Polish identity, antisemitism

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