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CEU Press participates in the Leipzig Book Fair, March 23-26.

The Stranger, the Tears, the Photograph, the Touch (Divine presence in Spain and Europe since 1500): a selection of pictures from this forthcoming book is going to be displayed in the Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House from March 23.

How They Lived, volume 2 by András Koerner: book launch took place at the Center for Jewish History, New York on March 14, 2017, moderated by Frank Mecklenburg, Director of Research and Chief Archivist at Leo Baeck Institute.

Book launch and panel discussion of Twenty-five Sides of a Post-Communist Mafia State with Bálint Magyar, Júlia Vásárhelyi, András Bozóki, and Balázs Trencsényi was held on March 10, 2017 at the Budapest campus of the Central European University.

2017 Spring/Summer Catalog is available for download.

Roma-Gypsy Presence in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 15th-18th Centuries by Lech Mróz received honorable mention for the Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies.

On Holocaust Memorial Day CEU Press offered a selection of texts and photos from recent publications of the press.

Top five CEU Press titles by number of copies sold in 2016:
With Their Backs to the Mountains
How They Lived
Post-Communist Mafia State
Arguing it Out
Hybrid Renaissance

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With Their Backs to the Mountains
How They Lived
Art Beyond Borders
Nationalizing Empires
Holocaust in Hungary





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How They Lived

The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews, 1867-1940

 

András Koerner was born in Budapest, Hungary, where he completed a degree in architecture and worked as an architect. In 1968, he moved to the United States, where he continued to pursue his profession. Since his retirement in 2000, he has written several books and acted as a curator to several exhibitions. His books include A Taste of the Past, The Daily Life and Cooking of a 19 th-Century Hungarian Jewish Homemaker (University Press of New England, 2004), The Stages of Andor Weinginer from the Bauhaus to New York (Alma on Dobbin, 2008), Egy vonakodó zsidó. Esszék és történetek (A Reluctant Jew. Essays and Stories. 2B Alapítvány, 2013) and the Hungarian version of the present volume: Hogyan éltek? A magyar zsidók hétköznapi élete. 1867‒1940 (How They Lived. The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews. 18671940. Corvina Kiadó, 2013).

“András Koerner's book gives an overall picture of various layers of Hungarian Jewish existence with a large number of photographs accompanied by seminal historical analyses about their meaning and relevance. This is an ingenious introduction into a problem area rarely explored in scholarly literature. It can serve future research as well as offer an original approach to the often ambiguous situation of Jews in a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional nation state, where they constituted the most dynamic force of modernization, cultural, and economic progress. This book is the fruit of a highly ambitious and indeed unique enterprise, without any real precedents.” —Victor Karady

This book documents the physical aspects of the lives of Hungarian Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the way they looked, the kind of neighborhoods and apartments they lived in, and the places where they worked.

The many historical photographs—there is at least one picture per page—and related text offers a virtual cross section of Hungarian society, a diverse group of the poor, the middle-class, and the wealthy. Regardless of whether they lived integrated within the majority society or in separate communities, whether they were assimilated Jews or Hasidim, they were an important and integral part of the nation. We have surprisingly few detailed accounts of their lifestyles—the world knows more about the circumstances of their deaths than about the way they lived. Much like piecing together an ancient sculpture from tiny shards found in an excavation, Koerner tries to reconstruct the many diverse lifestyles using fragmentary information and surviving photos.

250 pages, with numerous photos, 2015

978-963-386-002-1 cloth $85.00 / €64.00 / £54.00

978-963-386-008-3 paperback $45.00 / €34.00 / £29.00

Volume 2 was released in 2016.

Information on the two volumes are available here.

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