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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared$
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François Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764715

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.001.0001

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Jewish Women in Poland and Hungary

Jewish Women in Poland and Hungary

(p.143) Jewish Women in Poland and Hungary
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31

Katalin Fenyves

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Jewish women in Poland and Hungary. Depending on their religious allegiance and their place of residence (urban or rural), the everyday life of Jewish women in Hungary followed roughly one of two models: either the German or the eastern European one. To compare how Jewish women fared in Hungarian and Polish lands — since a gendered history of Hungarian Jews comparable to those which exist for Polish Jews is unavailable and an extensive history of Hungarian women also remains to be written — the chapter follows in the footsteps of Moshe Rosman and Gershon Bacon. It also surveys some sources similar to those they used and highlights some resemblances and differences. Finally, the chapter takes the narratives of twenty-four Polish and twenty-four Hungarian women as the base for a more detailed comparison of their lives from the end of the First World War to the early years of the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   Jewish women, Poland, Hungary, gendered history, Polish women, Hungarian women, Moshe Rosman, Gershon Bacon

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