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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

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.003.0015

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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