"This book is basic for any attempt to understand interwar Polish
Jewry as well as the holocaust period and offers many new points of
--"Religious Studies Review"
The Bund was the first modern Jewish political party in Eastern
Europe and, arguably, the strongest Jewish party in Poland on the
eve of the Second World War. Though 100 years have passed since its
inception, the Bund and its legacy continue to be of abiding
Founded illegally and operated under the most adverse
conditions, the Bund grew dramatically in the years immediately
after its 1897 creation in Czarist Russia. It helped to organize
the Russian Social Democratic Workers Party, it organized armed
self-defense groups to fight against pogroms, and it played a
significant role in the Russian Revolution of 1905. The Bundist
became for many the symbol of the new Jew--enlightened, willing to
fight for Jewish rights and needs, and unwilling to accept the
status quo of Jewish communities dominated by the orthodox and the
wealthy, and of a Russia oppressed by the Czar. Later, Bundist
members were among those who contributed substantially to armed
resistance in Nazi occupied Poland.
"Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe" makes use of previously
unexamined source materials to offer a range of new perspectives on
the significance of the Bund and its ideas. Its fresh and
insightful approaches will be of interest to all those concerned
with Eastern European Jewry, Russian, Polish, and Ukranian history,
and the history of socialist and labor movements.
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