Writing the Maiden

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI:
Writing the Maiden

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This chapter investigates another genre of literature concerning the Maiden of Ludmir: biographical accounts that straddle both history and hagiography. It is demonstrated that each account reflects the distinct ideological orientation and cultural context of its author. Moreover, the works of Charles Raddock, Menasheh Unger, and Ephraim Taubenhaus are reported. Their accounts represent the most important written sources on the life of the Maiden of Ludmir. Like Taubenhaus, Raddock claims to have had contact with individuals who personally knew the Maiden in Palestine or, as he put it, “an old follower informed me [about the Maiden's life] in 1951 on my first visit to Israel.” Unger succeeded in producing the most comprehensive biography of the Maiden of Ludmir in any language. Taubenhaus devoted his life to chronicling the traditions and personalities of the old Yishuv, among them, the Maiden of Ludmir.

Keywords: Maiden of Ludmir; Charles Raddock; Menasheh Unger; Ephraim Taubenhaus; hagiography

Chapter.  5229 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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