[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements--Recently published, *YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture*

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements

July 6, 2014

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From: Cecile E. Kuznitz <kuznitz at bard.edu>
Subject: YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, the first history
of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish
Cecile Esther Kuznitz
Cambridge University Press, 2014

This book is the first history of YIVO, the original center for Yiddish
scholarship. Founded by a group of Eastern European intellectuals after
World War I, YIVO became both the apex of secular Yiddish culture and the
premier institution of Diaspora Nationalism, which fought for Jewish rights
throughout the world at a time of rising anti-Semitism. From its
headquarters in Vilna, YIVO tried to balance scholarly objectivity with its
commitment to the Jewish masses. Using newly recovered documents that were
believed destroyed by Hitler and Stalin, Cecile Esther Kuznitz tells for
the first time the compelling story of how these scholars built a
world-renowned institution despite dire poverty and anti-Semitism. She
raises new questions about the relationship between Jewish cultural and
political work and analyzes how nationalism arises outside of state power.


Cecile E. Kuznitz
Associate Professor of History
Director of Jewish Studies
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

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