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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 30Jewish Education in Eastern Europe$
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Eliyana Adler and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764500

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764500.001.0001

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Creating a New Jewish Nation

Creating a New Jewish Nation

The Vilna Education Society and Secular Yiddish Education in Interwar Vilna

(p.221) Creating a New Jewish Nation
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 30

Jordana De Bloeme

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of the Vilna Education Society from the peculiar situation of the war and the subsequent incorporation of Vilna into Poland. It demonstrates the Vilna Education Society's attempt to champion nonpartisan Jewish cultural autonomy as an outgrowth of the particular circumstances and personalities in Vilna. It also highlights how the Vilna Jewish community had to adjust its goals and expectations to those of the country they were now a part of. The chapter explores how education, youth, and a preoccupation with the future of Polish Jewry were intensely intertwined with the political and cultural rights of the Polish Jewish minority in the Second Polish Republic. It mentions Jewish pedagogues and intellectual and political leaders that considered language as the basis for identity formation, especially in the city of Vilna with its multi-ethnic population.

Keywords:   Vilna Education Society, Jewish cultural autonomy, Polish Jewry, Polish Jewish minority, Second Polish Republic, Vilna Jewish community

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