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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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Repopulating Jewish Poland—in Wood

Repopulating Jewish Poland—in Wood

(p.335) Repopulating Jewish Poland—in Wood
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Erica Lehrer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on sculptor Józef Reguła's wooden Jews. It asks why ‘Jewish culture’ is circulating in almost Jewless, post-communist Poland. And, in particular, what does it mean that Poles carve tiny Jewish figurines and that these days Jewish tourists buy them? Secular American Jews who travel to Poland, purchase Jewish figurines, and display them in their homes, show how symbolic, how iconographic a lot of Jewishness is today. But such Jewishness is not the only kind that Jews bring to Poland. For Max Rogers, a hasidic Jew from London who travels to Poland frequently on business, Jewishness is an encompassing matter of daily practice.

Keywords:   Józef Reguła, Jewish culture, Poland, Jewish figurines, Jewish tourists, American Jews, Jewishness, Jews

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