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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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‘On the Gallows’

‘On the Gallows’

The ‘Politics of Assimilation’ in Turn-of-the-Century Warsaw

(p.339) ‘On the Gallows’
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Scott Ury

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses the question of whether or not assimilation did exist amongst Jews in eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, and in a city, Warsaw, that is usually not associated with integration during the revolution of 1905. It describes the state of Jewish political activity in turn-of-the-century Warsaw and evaluate fundamental and loaded historiographical terms, such as 'East European Jewry', 'assimilation', and 'modernity'. It also focuses on a circle of individuals that are considered the 'integrationist camp' of Warsaw Jewry, which are Jews that had already achieved a significant level of comfort within Polish culture and society. The chapter illustrates a composite image of a relatively exclusive group who still controlled Warsaw's central Jewish communal institution, the Gmina. It mentions the Great Synagogue on Tłomackie Street and the Polish-language paper Izraelita, which advocated Gmina's distinct vision of self and place.

Keywords:   assimilation, East European Jewry, Jewish political activity, Warsaw Jewry, integrationist camp

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