For Our Freedom and Yours: Jewish Labour Bund in Poland 1939-1949 (Parkes-Wiener Series on Jewish Studies) - Softcover
Before the Second World War the Jewish Labour party, the Bund, was one of the most important Jewish parties in Poland. As a socialist party, the Bund believed that the Jewish community could build on, and consolidate, its roots in Poland; develop its Jewish culture on the basis of its natural language, Yiddish; and exert an influence in the Polish Socialist camp, towards the creation of a regime of social justice and civic equality for all. From its very inception in the late-nineteenth century, the Bund fought the effort of the Zionist movement to establish a separate national territory in Palestine for the Jewish people. The Nazi occupation of Poland put this ideology to a severe test. The attitude of Polish society to the Jewish tragedy, the alienated response of the Polish underground to the Jews' armed resistance efforts, and the Jewish policies of the Polish Government-in-Exile in London drove the Bund - now an underground party - into a crisis. For Our Freedom and Yours explores Bund members' attempts to chart a course through this tragic morass and to survive a movement with a unique ideology offering its own path for Jewish existence in Eastern Europe.
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About the Author:
Daniel Blatman is a senior lecturer at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew
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- PublisherVallentine Mitchell
- Publication date2003
- ISBN 10 0853034583
- ISBN 13 9780853034582
- Number of pages242