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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Hirsz Abramowicz Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II

Hirsz Abramowicz Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II

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(p.490) Hirsz Abramowicz Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15
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Motti Zalkin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.003.0036

This chapter presents Hirsz Abramowicz’s compilation of essays, arranged in five chapters. The first chapter deals with Lithuanian Jewish life and traditions, examining among other topics rural occupations, the shtetl, diet, and mental illness. The second is an account of reform and upheaval before the First World War, with sections on Jewish public figures such as Joshua Steinberg, Hirsh Lekert, and Anna Lifshits, and on tsarist prisons, Jewish gymnasiums, and so on. The third examines the First World War and its aftermath, with sections entitled ‘Joining the Militia’, ‘The Germans’, and ‘April 1919’. The fourth is a description of Jewish vocational education, focusing on ‘help through work’, agricultural schools, and other programmes. The final chapter consists of profiles of Vilna Jews such as Mark Antokolsky, Eliezer Kruk, and Moshe Shalit.

Keywords:   Hirsz Abramowicz, Lithuanian Jewish life, Jewish public figures, World War I, Jewish vocational education, Vilna Jews, Profiles of a Lost World, east European Jewish life

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