The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 9

Catastrophe and Rebirth, 1939–1973

Edited by Samuel D. Kassow and David G. Roskies

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The Posen Library's groundbreaking anthology series—called "a feast of Jewish culture, in ten volumes" by the Chronicle of Higher Education—explores in Volume 9 global Jewish responses to the years 1939 to 1973, a time of unprecedented destruction, dislocation, agency, and creativity

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

"Readers seeking primary texts, documents, images, and artifacts constituting Jewish culture and civilization will not be disappointed. More important, they might even be inspired. . . . This set will serve to improve teaching and research in Jewish studies at institutions of higher learning and, at the same time, promote, maintain, and improve understanding of the Jewish population and Judaism in general." —Booklist, Starred Review

The ninth volume of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization 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

"With examples drawn from every medium and area of Jewish life, this is the composite story of how a creative people laughs, sings, thinks, acts, and prevails against history’s greatest odds."—Ruth Wisse, Best Books of 2020, Mosaic
ISBN: 9780300188530
Publication Date: November 24, 2020
1088 pages, 8 x 10
115 color + 83 b/w illus.
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