The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 9 Catastrophe and Rebirth, 1939–1973 Samuel D. Kassow, David G. Roskies

Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization
Publication date:
12 Jan 2021
Yale University Press
1088 pages: 254 x 203 x 44mm
115 color + 83 b-w illus.
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An exploration of global Jewish responses to the years 1939 to 1973, a time of unprecedented destruction, dislocation, agency, and creativity.

The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization Volume 9 covers the years 1939 to 1973, a period that editors Kassow and Roskies call “one of the most tragic and dramatic in Jewish history.” Organized geographically and then by genre, this book details Jewish cultural and intellectual resources throughout this era, particularly in political thought, literature, the visual and performing arts, and religion. This volume explores worldwide Jewish perceptions of momentous events that transpired in the mid‑twentieth century and how Jews redefined themselves across regions throughout an era rife with tragedy, displacement, and dispersion. The breadth and depth of this work goes beyond any comparable collection, with detailed insights and sharp focus to accompany its breathtaking scope. A major, ten‑volume anthology project more than a decade in the making, the Posen Library is an ideal reference tool for scholars, teachers, and students at all levels.

Samuel D. Kassow is Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College. David G. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair of Yiddish Literature and Culture and professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She is editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.

“An extraordinary volume that covers an absolutely critical historical period. It is scholarship at its very best.”—Laura S. Levitt, Temple University