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Richard I. Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190912628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190912628.001.0001

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Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng (eds.), Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 312 pp.

Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng (eds.), Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 312 pp.

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Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng (eds.), Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 312 pp.
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Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
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Richard I. Cohen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0026

This chapter reviews the book Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (2015), edited by Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng. Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland is a collection of essays that navigates between changing interpretations and reshapings of material sites by contemporary actors; representations of the past in Polish media (films, museum exhibits, video projects); and the poetic resonances of nostalgia and mourning. With the Holocaust as a backdrop, the book examines contemporary power politics in Poland with regard to Jewish space. Topics include Oswiecim/Auschwitz as a source of contention and conflict between both Jews and Christians and the tourism/heritage industry and local inhabitants; the politics of preservation in Polish shtetls; conflicting forms of memory (Communist, Polish nationalist, Catholic, Jewish) surrounding Holocaust/World War II memorials in Galicia; and the negotiation of conflicting understandings of Polish Jewish history in the Warsaw showcase space of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Keywords:   power politics, Polish media, Poland, Holocaust, Jewish space, Christians, tourism, Polish shtetls, memory, Holocaust memorials

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