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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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Shund and the Tabloids: Jewish Popular Reading in Inter-War Poland

Shund and the Tabloids: Jewish Popular Reading in Inter-War Poland

(p.189) Shund and the Tabloids: Jewish Popular Reading in Inter-War Poland
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Nathan Cohen

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes Jewish popular reading in inter-war Poland, looking at shund and the Polish tabloid press. In the first third of the twentieth century, as the Polish press was developing rapidly, sensationalist newspapers began to proliferate. While this type of press had been widespread in the United States and western Europe since the middle of the nineteenth century, it first emerged in Poland only in 1910, with Ilustrowany Kurier Codzienny (Illustrated Daily Courier) in Kraków. In Warsaw, the first tabloid newspapers, Kurier Informacyjny i Telegraficzny (Information and Telegraphic Courier) and Ekspres Poranny (Morning Express), appeared in 1922. In 1926, Kurier Informacyjny i Telegraficzny changed its name, now printed in red, to Kurier Czerwony (Red Courier). In time, the colour red became emblematic of sensationalist newspapers in Poland, and they were nicknamed czerwoniaki (Reds), similar to the ‘yellow’ press in the West.

Keywords:   Jewish popular reading, Poland, shund, Polish tabloid press, sensationalist newspapers, Illustrated Daily Courier, tabloid newspapers, Morning Express, Red Courier, czerwoniaki

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