The Long Life and Swift Death of Jewish Rechitsa: A Community in Belarus, 1625–2000

Author:   Albert Kaganovitch
Publisher:   University of Wisconsin Press
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9780299289843


Pages:   368
Publication Date:   28 February 2013
Format:   Paperback
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Located on the Dnieper River at the crossroads of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, the town of Rechitsa had one of the oldest Jewish communities in Belarus, dating back to medieval times. By the late nineteenth century, Jews constituted more than half of the town’s population. Rich in tradition, Jewish Rechitsa was part of a distinctive Lithuanian-Belorussian culture full of stories, vibrant personalities, achievement, and epic struggle that was gradually lost through migration, pogroms, and the Holocaust. Now, in Albert Kaganovitch’s meticulously researched history, this forgotten Jewish world is brought to life. Based on extensive use of Soviet and Israeli archives, interviews, memoirs, and secondary sources, Kaganovitch’s acclaimed work, originally published in Russian, is presented here in a significantly revised English translation by the author. Details of demographic, social, economic, and cultural changes in Rechitsa’s evolution, presented over the sweep of centuries, reveal a microcosm of daily Jewish life in Rechitsa and similar communities. Kaganovitch looks closely at such critical developments as the spread of Chabad Hasidism, the impact of multiple political transformations and global changes, and the mass murder of Rechitsa’s remaining Jews by the German army in November to December 1941. Kaganovitch also documents the evolving status of Jews in the postwar era, starting with the reconstitution of a Jewish community in Rechitsa not long after liberation in 1943 and continuing with economic, social, and political trends under Stalin, Krushchev, and Brezhnev, and finally emigration from post-Soviet Belarus. The Long Life and Swift Death of Jewish Rechitsa is a major achievement.

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Author:   Albert Kaganovitch
Publisher:   University of Wisconsin Press
Imprint:   University of Wisconsin Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   4.556kg
ISBN:  

9780299289843


ISBN 10:   0299289842
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   28 February 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Transliteration Notes and Territorial Definitions   Introduction 1. Rechitsa and the Jews under the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 2. Under Russian Rule, 1793–1917 3. The Economy of the Town in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 4. Demography of the Social-Economic Landscape in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 5. Pre-Revolutionary Jewish Social Life and Education 6. Between Revolution and War, 1917–1941 7. Under German Occupation, 1941–1943 8. From Liberation to the Collapse of the USSR, 1943–1991 Conclusion   Notes Bibliography Index

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A major contribution to our understanding of the history of the Jews of Rechitsa, a typical Jewish shtetl, and of the transformation and tragic end of Jewish life there. --Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Albert Kaganovitch has superb command of diverse primary sources in several languages and organizes his findings in a well-balanced and vivid reconstruction of Jewish life in Rechitsa, an old town on the crossroads between Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. --Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan A major contribution to our understanding of the history of the Jews of Rechitsa, a typical Jewish shtetl, and of the transformation and tragic end of Jewish life there. Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Albert Kaganovitch has superb command of diverse primary sources in several languages and organizes his findings in a well-balanced and vivid reconstruction of Jewish life in Rechitsa, an old town on the crossroads between Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan Considerably enriches Belarusian micro-history and Jewish studies. . . . Highly recommended for both an academic and general readership. Canadian Slavonic Papers It is precisely in nuanced ordinariness that Kaganovitch seeks the nature of Jewish life in Eastern Europe under Poland-Lithuania, the Russian Empire, and the USSR. He thus contributes to wider debates on the nature of central power, local authorities, Jewish institutions, and family life. Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Albert Kaganovitch has superb command of diverse primary sources in several languages and organizes his findings in a well-balanced and vivid reconstruction of Jewish life in Rechitsa, an old town on the crossroads between Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan


Considerably enriches Belarusian micro-history and Jewish studies. . . . Highly recommended for both an academic and general readership. <i> Canadian Slavonic Papers</i>


Considerably enriches Belarusian micro-history and Jewish studies. . . . Highly recommended for both an academic and general readership. Canadian Slavonic Papers


Albert Kaganovitch has superb command of diverse primary sources in several languages and organizes his findings in a well-balanced and vivid reconstruction of Jewish life in Rechitsa, an old town on the crossroads between Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. --Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan


Author Information

Albert Kaganovitch is a research scholar in the Judaic Studies Program of Manitoba University and a former research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and the International Institute for Holocaust Research at the Yad Vashem Museum of the Holocaust in Jerusalem.

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