By Heiko Haumann
The origins and lifetime of East ecu Jewry took on new old and political value after the Holocaust. In Poland by myself ninety nine in line with cent of Polish Jews 3 million in all have been killed; Yiddish as a spoken language roughly disappeared. This quantity offers a historical past of East eu Jewry from its beginnings to the interval after the Holocaust. It supplies an outline of the demographic, political, socioeconomic, spiritual and cultural stipulations of Jewish groups in Poland, Russia, Bohemia and Moravia.Interesting issues comprise the tale of early settlers, the 'Golden Age', the impression of the Kabbalah and Hasidism. shiny pics of Jewish kinfolk existence and non secular customs make the publication relaxing to learn.
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In Western Europe this would not have been possible at that time. Only after the intensification of the Counter-Reformation did this situation change. A body of early enlightenment thought may be found in the rabbinical literature. It is therefore not surprising that Jews also played an important role in the secular sciences grounded in reason and sought to bring them into harmony with faith. The Jewish community in Poland yielded a number of important figures, particularly in mathematics, mechanics, astronomy, and medicine.
Kiev, Minsk, and Brest-Litovsk were captured. The armies advanced as far as Lviv. As the armies advanced and in the captured towns and cities unimaginable butcheries took place among the Polish and especially the Jewish population. Estimates of the number of Jews who lost their lives vary from tens of thousands to well over 100,000. Jews in the kingdom of Poland were now subjected to pogroms of hitherto unknown violence. The suffering and the shock continued to afflict the survivors for a long time afterwards.
Those boys whose understanding 22 A HISTORY OF EAST EUROPEAN JEWS would not suffice for study of Torah shall be employed as servants or set to learn a craft. Every effort should be made to ensure that they do not devote themselves to idleness. 7 In other words, the decisions of the Va 'ad covered every aspect of Jewish life. Furthermore, the Va 'ad negotiated with the state authorities and with the Polish regional and state parliaments. It was supported by the 'advocate' or shtadlan, who was required to reside at the seat of the Polish Sejm, the diet, and to represent the interests of the Jews through lobbying and gifts.
A History of East European Jews by Heiko Haumann