JRI Poland #Poland New Book of Great Interest: Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora #poland

Mark Halpern <willie46@...>

"Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora" by Rebecca Kobrin

A book about Bialystok and its migrant communities in the US, Canada,
Israel, Australia, South America, and throughout Europe.

from the Publisher:
The mass migration of East European Jews and their resettlement in cities
throughout Europe, the United States, Argentina, the Middle East and
Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries not only transformed the
demographic and cultural centers of world Jewry, it also reshaped Jews'
understanding and performance of their diasporic identities. Rebecca
Kobrin's study of the dispersal of Jews >from one city in Poland - Bialystok -
demonstrates how the act of migration set in motion a wide
range of transformations that led the migrants to imagine themselves as
exiles not only >from the mythic Land of Israel but most immediately from
their east European homeland. Kobrin explores the organizations,
institutions, newspapers, and philanthropies that the Bialystokers created
around the world and that reshaped their perceptions of exile and diaspora.

"Challenges and refines long-standing assumptions about Old World/New World
dynamics generally and Jewish immigrants to America in particular. . . .
Original and smartly conceived, grounded in careful, extensive research and
thoughtful analysis." -Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University

"An imaginative and original work. It offers an intriguing argument that in
the first half of the 20th century, diaspora Jewish identities were defined
through a constant, dynamic process of interaction between the place of
origin and the several sites of immigration."
-Derek Penslar, University of Toronto

Rebecca Kobrin is the Russell and Bettina Knapp Assistant Professor of
American Jewish History at Columbia University. She was a speaker at the
2009 IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Philadelphia and has spoken at
a number of Jewish Genealogical Societies about Landsmanschaften and their
connections to the old country.

The book is available >from Indiana Univeristy Press -
www.iupress.indiana.edu or 1-800-842-6796 - or any major bookseller.


Mark Halpern
Bialystok Archive Coordinator

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