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The Lost World of Russia's Jews: Ethnography and Folklore in the Pale of Settlement
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The Lost World of Russia's Jews: Ethnography and Folklore in the Pale of Settlement (Paperback)

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In 1912, Abraham Rechtman traveled to the Pale of Settlement. The Lost World of Russia's Jews is the first English translation of his experiences, originally published in Yiddish, that inspired Life Is with People and Fiddler on the Roof.

In the last years of the Russian Tsar's Empire, Abraham Rechtman was a young member of S. An-sky's Jewish Ethnographic Expedition which explored Jewish daily life in the communities of the Pale of Settlement. Rechtman described the places Jews inhabited-cemeteries, houses, synagogues-and connected these sites to the local folklore. He provided rare accounts of traditional Jewish healers and exorcists and documented their methods and practices.

Rather than a nostalgic portrait of an imagined shtetl, Rechtman succeeded in producing an account of Jewish life and death that is highly nuanced and richly detailed. The Lost World of Russia's Jews sheds invaluable light on life in Eastern Europe at a time before the vast majority of Jews would immigrate to the United States.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryCrimean WarPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legendsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsJewish studies Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 03/08/2021 ISBN-13: 9780253056931  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Abraham Rechtman was a folklorist, writer, and printer. A member of the S. An-Sky's Jewish Ethnographic Expedition, he was born in Proskurov, Ukraine in 1890. In 1958, he published Yidishe etnografye un folklor; zikhroynes vegn der etnografisher ekspeditsye, ongefirt fun Sh. An-ski in Argentina. He died in 1972. Nathaniel Deutsch is Professor of History, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, and Director of the Institute of Humanities Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is author of The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement, which was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. Noah Barrera is a Yiddish educator and writer. He studied and subsequently taught Yiddish at the YIVO Institute's Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in New York. He coordinated and taught Yiddish language classes at the Workers Circle. He has published numerous Yiddish articles in the Yiddish Daily Forward and Afn Shvel.

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