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“Uniquely positioned as both an insider and an acute outside observer, Katka Reszke provides an insightful analysis of a controversial and still developing phenomenon that has bemused, perplexed and sometimes enraged the outside Jewish world. In doing so, she gives rare and welcome voice to the actual protagonists, Poland’s new Jews, and sets in complex context their unprecedented, and often poignant, quest for place, identity and selfhood amid the brave new Jewish realities of post-communist Poland.” (Ruth Ellen Gruber, award-winning American writer, editor, and photographer)

“Most Jews think there are no more Jews in Poland. This is not true even though in comparison with the millions of Jews before World War II the present number seems like nothing. The Jews who were born in Poland after the war and have lived there come mostly from assimilated and mixed families. Their search for roots and their readoption, or reconstruction, of some sort of Jewish identity provides for a fascinating story. Katka Reszke has been able to tell the story, building on her own involvement in it and on many interviews with young adults. The book gives an insight into their identity search and the expansion of Jewish presence in present day Poland―an unexpected bonus of the demise of Communism in 1989.” (Professor Stanislaw Krajewski, the University of Warsaw, Poland, Author of Poland and the Jews. Reflections of a Polish Polish Jew)

"Thoughtful and articulate, Polish by birth and Jewish by destiny. . . Reszke is perfectly placed to present the experience of young adults in contemporary Poland who discover, or as she graphically puts it, “stumble over,” their Jewish roots. . . .The book abounds in vignettes that clarify the predicaments, the passion and the pain involved in constructing a Jewish identity in today’s Poland. . . . If you want to understand contemporary Jewish life in Poland, this is the book to read." (Connie Webber Jewish Renaissance 2013-10-01)

“Return of the Jew is not a diary, confession, or manifesto in which the author places herself front and center. Rather, it is a theoretically informed and fine-grained study in which Reszke uses her dual positions as an insider within that small community and a social scientific outsider to extract rich and earnest narratives from her interviewees and then critically analyze them. The result is a textured account of identity building. . . . Reszke’s insightful analyses of the narratives that third-generation post-Holocaust Jews have created to explain, to themselves and others, their identifications and personal trajectories are an important contribution. It opens the path for studying the relationship between the Jewish revival and Polish philosemitism. As such, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in understanding this new twist in Jewish life in contemporary Poland and, more broadly, the complex dynamics of identity formation in societies that have endured radical traumas and ruptures.” (Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan Slavic Review, vol. 73, no. 2 (Summer 2014))

Writing in the accessible style of first-person nonfiction for interested general readers, in a book structured as an anthropological investigation, Reszke documents her search to discover how new Polish Jews define themselves and their culture. (Book News, Inc.)

About the Author

Katka Reszke (PhD Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is a researcher in Jewish history, culture, and identity. She has lectured in Israel, Poland, and France. As a documentary filmmaker, her work focuses on human rights, social justice, minority and gender issues, and Polish-Jewish history.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jews of Poland
  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Studies Press (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618112465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618112460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric S on May 4, 2013
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Purchased this book to get a better understanding of this "new" generation of Polish Jews.
Was greatly impressed by the breadth and depth of the writer's knowledge and sensitivity.
It is brilliantly written and deeply insightful. Kudos!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Shawn Landres on January 26, 2014
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It's rare that I have the time to read any book all at one go - especially an "academic" one - but this I couldn't put down. This is the book I have been wishing for 20 years that someone would write.

It speaks directly to what it means for so many of my friends and family - and in some respects for me - to be Jewish. And it does so with both serious and sustained attention to the academic literature and and deep and committed empathy for the human realities at stake.

It should be on every "contemporary Jewish identity" course syllabus and required reading for anyone contemplating research on emerging Jewish adults anywhere near Europe (and given air travel, everywhere is near Europe).
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An amazing set of personal stories and events which elucidate the twisted circumstances of present day Polish Jewish history. In the post Holocaust situations for hidden Jews heritage, this is a truly inspired and riveting book.
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