1929: Mapping the Jewish World (The Goldstein-Goren Series by Hasia Diner, Gennady Estraikh

By Hasia Diner, Gennady Estraikh

The 12 months 1929 represents an enormous turning aspect in interwar Jewish society, proving to be a yr while Jews, despite the place they lived, observed themselves tormented by advancements that came about around the globe, because the crises persisted via different Jews turned a part of the transnational Jewish recognition. within the usa, the inventory marketplace crash introduced lasting monetary, social, and ideological alterations to the Jewish neighborhood and restricted its skill to help humanitarian and nationalist initiatives in different international locations. In Palestine, the anti-Jewish riots in Hebron and different cities underscored the vulnerability of the Zionist company and ignited heated discussions between quite a few Jewish political teams concerning the knowledge of creating a Jewish nation on its old web site. whilst, within the Soviet Union, the consolidation of strength within the fingers of Stalin created a way more dogmatic weather within the overseas Communist flow, together with its Jewish branches.  Featuring a gleaming array of students of Jewish heritage, 1929 surveys the Jewish international in a single yr supplying transparent examples of the transnational connections which associated Jews to every other—from politics, international relations, and philanthropy to literature, tradition, and the destiny of Yiddish—regardless of the place they lived. Taken jointly, the essays in 1929 argue that, even if American, Soviet, German, Polish, or Palestinian, Jews through the global lived in a world context. Hasia Diner is Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of yank Jewish heritage, Skirball division of Hebrew and Judaic stories at ny collage. She is the writer of the award-winning We bear in mind with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the parable of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (NYU Press, 2009). Gennady Estraikh is affiliate Professor of Yiddish reviews, Skirball division of Hebrew and Judaic reports at manhattan University. In the Goldstein-Goren sequence in American Jewish History 

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Like the AJY as a whole, this section demonstrated the connections that bound Jews around the world to each other through the United States. The pages and sections of this relatively prosaic and dry volume, the American Jewish Yearbook: 5691, demonstrated the degree to which the Jews of the United States in 1929, at least as reflected in their book of record, saw themselves as being part of a worldwide people and not as an isolated group of women and men, identified only with the land in which they lived.

14. In Reznikoff, Louis Marshall, 775. 15. Ibid. 16. Jewish Agency for Palestine, Constitution of the Jewish Agency for Palestine (London, 1929).  The Stalinist “Great Break” in Yiddishland Gennady Estraikh The year 1929 marked the end of a five-year “romantic” period in Soviet Jewish history. This period started around 1924, when the Soviet regime began to deal much more seriously with issues related to Jews, while previously the state and party apparatus responsible for Jewish affairs was involved largely with testing its propaganda function.

They moved with relative ease from the local to the national on the American scene, and they went from the American to nearly every place around the Jewish world, as they determined what concerned them as Jews. The AJY offers a limited, yet clear, testimony to the ways in which American Jewry saw itself as linked to a global Jewish chain. While the Jews of the United States had become increasingly American and Americanized, demonstrated by the American nativity of the majority of them, they did not retreat to a decidedly American-focused engagement with their Jewishness.

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