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Remembering a Vanished World

A Jewish Childhood in Interwar Poland

Theodore S. Hamerow†

214 pages, 17 illus., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-281-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-719-8 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (October 2001)

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"...the book as a written with the enthusiasm and eye to detail which have made Hamerow's many books near-classics."  · German Studies Review


Theodore Hamerow, a prominent historian, was born in Warsaw in 1920 and spent his childhood in Poland and Germany. His parents were members of the best-known Yiddish theater ensemble, the Vilna Company. They were part of an important movement in the Jewish community of Eastern Europe which sought, during the half century before World War II, to create a secular Jewish culture, the vehicle of which would be the Yiddish language.

Combining the skills of an experienced historian with the talents of a natural writer, the author not only brings this exciting part of Jewish culture to life but also deals with ethnic relations and ethnic tensions in the region and addresses the broad political and cultural issues of a society on the verge of destruction. Thus a vivid image emerges that captures the feel and atmosphere of a world that has vanished forever.

Theodore S. Hamerow† received his higher education at City College in New York, Columbia University, and Yale University. He retired in 1991 as G.P. Gooch Professor of History from the University of Wisconsin.

Subject: Jewish Studies 20th Century History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of illustrations


Introduction: Ancestral Faith and Modernist Rebellion

Chapter 1. The Patrimony of a Lithuanian Ghetto
Chapter 2. Those Patrician Rubinlichts of Gesia Street
Chapter 3. Migrations, Metamorphoses, Memories
Chapter 4. Living the High Life of Otwock
Chapter 5. On the Edge of the Volcano
Chapter 6. A Reunion at Arm's Length
Chapter 7. Leaving the Titanic


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