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Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (review)

Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (review) 06-reviews 12/9/03 6:49 AM Page 766 766 Biography 26.4 (Fall 2003) and cultural places, and its still uncollected and unanalyzed stubborn selves. But these, of course, are tantalizing questions awaiting investigation. Shelley Armitage Jeffrey Shandler, ed. Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust. Intro. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Mar- cus Moseley, and Michael Stanislawski. New Haven: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Yale UP, 2002. 496 pp. ISBN 0-300-09277-6, $35.00. A collection of personal documents as sociological material was first employed in a classic published in 1918–1920, The Polish Peasant in Europe and Amer- ica, by Florian Znaniecki and William I. Thomas. Later, in the 1930s, YIVO scholars in Vilna held competitions for autobiographies, aimed at strength- ening the identity of Polish Jews. Since the end of the 1960s, there has been a revival of interest in the person as subject and interpreter of society. Now, for contemporary scholars and general readers, these personal stories of the awakening lives of Jewish adolescents, published for the first time half a cen- tury after they were written and sent in to the YIVO competitions, give insight into the Jewish life, religious and secular, of rich and poor families before http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (review)

Biography , Volume 26 (4) – Jan 8, 2004

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06-reviews 12/9/03 6:49 AM Page 766 766 Biography 26.4 (Fall 2003) and cultural places, and its still uncollected and unanalyzed stubborn selves. But these, of course, are tantalizing questions awaiting investigation. Shelley Armitage Jeffrey Shandler, ed. Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust. Intro. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Mar- cus Moseley, and Michael Stanislawski. New Haven: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Yale UP, 2002. 496 pp. ISBN 0-300-09277-6, $35.00. A collection of personal documents as sociological material was first employed in a classic published in 1918–1920, The Polish Peasant in Europe and Amer- ica, by Florian Znaniecki and William I. Thomas. Later, in the 1930s, YIVO scholars in Vilna held competitions for autobiographies, aimed at strength- ening the identity of Polish Jews. Since the end of the 1960s, there has been a revival of interest in the person as subject and interpreter of society. Now, for contemporary scholars and general readers, these personal stories of the awakening lives of Jewish adolescents, published for the first time half a cen- tury after they were written and sent in to the YIVO competitions, give insight into the Jewish life, religious and secular, of rich and poor families before

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