Re: [eejh] The Oxford Group: Polin [was:[eejh] A book on a controversy] #galicia

Marion Hattenbach Bernstein

With the permission of Edis Bevan of the UK, I am reprinting this post from
[eejh] which I think will be of interest to Galitzianers. It describes the
most recent issue of a scholarly journal, "Polin."

Marion H. Bernstein
San Antonio, TX

From: "Edis Bevan" <>
The web page for 'Polin' is:

Unfortunately the articles are not on-line.
The last volume published was in November 1999 - the official abstract is
reposted below:

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 12
Focusing on Galicia: Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians, 1772-1918

>from 1772 to 1918 the large stretch of eastern Europe that forms the
foothills of the Carpathian Mountains was under Austrian rule and known as
Galicia. Jews were concentrated more densely here than anywhere in Europe
-in large and small towns, in villages, and in estates. Two factors were to
contribute to this region developing a distinctive character in the context
of east European Jewish history: the impact of Austrian rule and exposure
to the German language and culture; and the presence not only of Poles and
Jews but also of Ukrainians. To the east of the River San the Ukrainians
constituted the majority with the Poles as a sizeable minority; to the west
the Poles were the overwhelming majority. In both areas, the triangular
relationship between these groups and the Jews deeply affected Jewish life.

The nature of the Jewish community of Galicia and its relationship with
the Poles, Ukrainians, and other ethnic groups is the core focus of this
volume of Polin.

Israel Bartal and John-Paul Himka give overviews of the history of the
Jewish community and of its relations with the Poles and Ukrainians;
Franz Szabo describes the first impressions of Austrian officials of
ethnic relations in newly annexed Galicia;
Stanislaw Grodziski examines the way the reforms of Maria Theresa and
Joseph II affected the Jews, while
Hanna Kozinska-Witt investigates the views of the sociologist Ludwig
Gumplowicz on the Jewish issue.

Other articles examine the consequences of Galician autonomy after 1867
for the Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians; Jewish large landowners in Galicia;
the views of the Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko on the 'Jewish question';the
Jewish role in the election of 1873; and Jewish emigration >from Galicia to

The next two volumes will be:

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 13
Focusing on the Second World War and its Aftermath in the Polish Lands
Publication date November 2000


Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 14
Focusing on the Jews in the Borderlands of former Poland-Lithuania
Publication date October 2001

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