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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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Toledot Hakolnoa Hayehudi Befolin, 1901‒1950

Toledot Hakolnoa Hayehudi Befolin, 1901‒1950

Toledot Hakolnoa Hayehudi Befolin, 1901‒1950
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

Natan Gross

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores Natan Gross's The History of Jewish Cinema in Poland, which begins with an assumption about the Jewish involvement in Polish cinema during the 1920s and 1930s. The vibrant Jewish community in the urban centres of Poland, first under the tsarist regime and then as part of independent Poland, supplied not only most of the film-makers and many of the writers and actors, but a large part of moviegoers as well. One of the most remarkable results of the phenomenon was that during the twenty years of independent Poland (1918–39), a country known for its widespread and deep-seated antisemitism, not even one overtly anti-Jewish film was produced. Natan Gross's short account of Jewish cinema in Poland reads like a cross between a production list and an annotated anthology of all the Jewish films that were ever produced in Poland. This may not sound like a resounding recommendation, but these are notable features for two reasons. First, Gross has valuable first-hand knowledge of the subject matter because he was a Jewish film-maker who worked on various Jewish films in Poland after the Second World War. Second, the tragic demise of that old and remarkable community lends a transcendent value to this — as well as any other — account of it.

Keywords:   Natan Gross, Polish cinema, Jewish community, Poland, Jewish cinema, Jewish films, Jewish film-makers

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