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Daniel Blatman, <i>Lema'an herutenu veḥerutkhem: habund bepolin 1939–1949 (For Our Freedom and Yours: The Jewish Labor Bund in Poland 1939–1949)</i>. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem and the Avraham Harmen Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1996. xx + 410 pp.

David Engel

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0020

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Daniel Blatman, Lema'an herutenu veḥerutkhem: habund bepolin 1939–1949 (For Our Freedom and Yours: The Jewish Labor Bund in Poland 1939–1949). Jerusalem: Yad Vashem and the Avraham Harmen Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1996. xx + 410 pp.

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A review of the book, Lema 'an herutenu veherutkhem: habund bepolin 1939–1949 (For Our Freedom and Yours: The Jewish Labor Bund in Poland 1939–1949) by Daniel Blatman is presented. Blatman's pioneering study of the Bund during the Second World War and afterwards places its author squarely within the latter camp. In his words, “the Bund's struggle during the Holocaust to survive, on the one hand, as a movement bearing a particular ideological legacy and, on the other, to integrate itself into the [overall] Jewish struggle for survival represents an additional aspect of the manner in which Jews coped with the burden of that time” — an aspect worth studying because it embodied “a fundamentally different perception” of the threat facing Polish Jewry “than that of the Zionist youth movements and parties” whose perspective “has been adopted without dissent by historians and scholars in Israel”.

Keywords: youth movements; Bund; Jews; Second World War; Holocaust; Polish Jewry

Chapter.  1070 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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