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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Papers for the Folk: Jewish Nationalism and the Birth of the Yiddish Press in Galicia

Papers for the Folk: Jewish Nationalism and the Birth of the Yiddish Press in Galicia

(p.167) Papers for the Folk: Jewish Nationalism and the Birth of the Yiddish Press in Galicia
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Joshua Shanes

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses Jewish nationalism and the birth of the Yiddish press in Galicia. Jewish nationalism in Galicia, like its Viennese counterpart, was initially a movement largely of the secular intelligentsia, especially students. Raised in a Polish cultural (and educational) milieu, Jewish students tended at first to identify strongly with Polish nationalist aspirations, but the increasing rejection they experienced from Polish nationalists, among whom antisemitism was sharply rising, made them choice targets for Zionist propaganda. Galician Zionists attacked their 'assimilationist' rivals ferociously, and tried to inspire Galician Jews to support the rebirth of a Jewish national culture instead. At first they relied on the German-language Viennese organ Selbst-Emanzipation, but by 1892, they had begun to publish their own Polish-language literature, including a party organ, Przyszłość (The Future).

Keywords:   Jewish nationalism, Yiddish press, Galicia, Jewish students, Polish nationalists, antisemitism, Zionist propaganda, Galician Zionists, Jewish national culture, Galician Jews

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