East European Jews between Renaissance and Futurelessness
In this talk, Kenneth Moss will explore how Jewish intellectuals, poets, and ordinary people confronted the sense that their communal and personal futures might be at risk due to rising antisemitism, illiberal nationalism, and the politics of rage and fear that began to flourish across Europe in the early 1930s. Moss will highlight figures such as Max Weinreich who, despite these societal factors, remained deeply devoted to the idea that Jewish life could flourish in Eastern Europe.
Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2023 Decade of Discovery theme, Yiddish Around the World.
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