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Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland

Glenn Dynner


In towns and villages throughout partitioned Poland, the sole venue for leisure, hospitality, business, and even Christian religious festivities was often the Jewish-run tavern. Only Jews, the Polish nobles who owned the taverns believed, had the necessary literacy, skills, and most importantly, sobriety, to run a profitable tavern. Polish Christians came to rely on their Jewish tavernkeeper not only for liquor, but for advice, loans, remedies, and other services, and the Jew and his tavern became an iconic fixture throughout the Polish lands. Yet social reformers and government officials balk ... More

Keywords: Jews, liquor, Poland, economy, Hasidism, anti-Semitism, taverns, vodka, literature, miracle workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199988518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Dynner, author
Sarah Lawrence College