Bundist Counterculture Interwar Poland (Modern Jewish History)

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In the years between the two world wars, the Jewish community
of Poland―the largest in Europe―was the cultural heart of the
Jewish diaspora. The Jewish Workers’ Bund, which had a socialist,
secularist, Yiddishist, and anti-Zionist orientation, won a series of
important electoral battles in Poland on the eve of the Second
World War and became a major political party. While many earlier
works on the politics of Polish Jewry have suggested that Bundist
victories were not of lasting significance or attributable to outside
forces, Jack Jacobs argues convincingly that the electoral success
of the Bund was linked to the work of the constellation of cultural
and other organizations revolving around the party.
The Bund offered its constituents innovative, highly attractive,
programs and a more enlightened perspective: from new sexual
mores to sporting organizations and educational institutions.
Drawing on meticulously researched archival materials, Jacobs
shows how the growth of these successful programs translated into
a stronger, more robust party. At the same time, he suggests the
Bund’s limitations, highlighting its failed women’s movement.
Jacobs provides a fascinating account of this countercultural movement
and a thoughtful revision to the accepted view.

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Jack Jacobs is professor of political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and professor of government at CUNY’s John Jay College. He is the author of On Socialists and "The Jewish Question" after Marx and editor of Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe: The Bund at 100.

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"A welcome and important addition to the recent publications of Gertrud Pickhan, Daniel Blatman, Roni Gechtman and others. Jacob's new book is all the more useful because he deals with a theme that has received relatively little attention so far: the vibrant "counterculture" developed by the Bund in interwar Poland....A valuable book for anyone interested in the history of Polish Jewry and/or the history of working class culture. It is well written and offers important insights into an understudied topic."-East European Jewish Affairs --Eass European Jewish Affairs

"Professor Jacobs....has published a meticulously researched book drawing on fascinating Yiddish archive material and interviews with Bundist survivors to support an alternative perspective. Not only does he provide new and challenging explanations of why the Bundist movement became so popular, he also demonstrates that its rise to prominence was no freak episode but the logical consequence of its multi-layered, consistent work in the arenas that made a different to the real lives of Poland's Jews."-JEWISH SOCIALIST --Jewish Socialist

"A valuable book for anyone interested in the history of Polish Jewry and/or the history of working class culture. It is well written and offers important insights into an understudied topic." East European Jewish Affairs --East European Jewish Affairs

"In this lucid, expertly researched, and rewarding monograph, Jack Jacobs discovers previously unsuspected dynamism and positive developments in interwar Polish Jewry, the world's largest Jewish community (if not population)."-Slavic Review --Slavic Review

The Author skillfully takes the reader deep into the workings of a popular political movement in the first half of the twentieth century in order to demonstrate the Bund s immense popularity during the interwar era. The end result is a convincing argument for the need to reevaluate the study of Jewish politics in eastern Europe. The book will be of much interest to scholars of Jewish history, east European history, labor politics and Holocaust studies as well as to those looking at national movements, and the connection between culture, class and nation. - --Religous Studies Review

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