Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews
February 10, 2013: Sunday 2-3:30pm
Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews, by Eva Hoffman
Eva Hoffman's Shtetl examines the history of Jewish small towns, bringing to life the vibrancy and complexity of Jewish Polish life over the course of centuries from the 16th century to the Holocaust. Using the town of Braƒsk case study, Hoffman examines the institutions, culture, beliefs, social structures and tensions that characterized Jewish life in Poland as well as Polish Jews relations with their Christian neighbors. While framed through the lens of the tragedy of the Holocaust, Hoffman's history of Polish Jews and Jewish-Christian relations at the same time tries to recapture the complexity that characterized this history.
Elizabeth Drummond, Asst. Professor, Department of History, facilitator
Jewish, Poland, Braƒsk
History | Jewish Studies | Political Science | Rural Sociology
Hoffman, Eva, "Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews" (2013). Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group. 41.