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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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Between a Love of Poland, Symbolic Violence, and Antisemitism

Between a Love of Poland, Symbolic Violence, and Antisemitism

The Idiosyncratic Effects of the State Education System on Young Jews in Interwar Poland

(p.237) Between a Love of Poland, Symbolic Violence, and Antisemitism
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 30

Kamil Kijek

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers a portrait of some of the paradoxical results of the majority of Jewish children in interwar Poland that attended state schools. It illustrates how the very successes of the state schools with regard to minority students held the key to their failures. It also talks about Jewish students that overwhelmingly absorbed the patriotism and nationalist fervour that was integral to the curriculum of state schools, but simultaneously felt alienated from the very country they embraced. The chapter explains that the students' painful relationship with Poland can be described as one of unrequited love and symbolic violence. It investigates how this relationship had repercussions on Polish–Jewish relations during that time and how it is viewed in retrospect.

Keywords:   interwar Poland, state schools, Jewish students, patriotism, nationalist fervour, Polish–Jewish relations

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