How They Lived (Volume 2)

Family, Religious, and Social Life, Learning, Military Life, Vacationing, Sports, Charity
$90.00 / €79.00 / £71.00
$40.00 / €33.00 / £30.00
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297 pages, with numerous photos, 274mm x 232mm, 10.79” x 9.13”

Having presented the physical conditions among which Hungarian Jews lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries--the kind of neighborhoods and apartments they lived in, and the places where they worked--this second volume addresses the spiritual aspects and the lighter sides of their life. We are shown how they were raised as children, how they spent their leisure time, and receive insights into their religious practices, too.

The treatment is the same as in the first volume. There are many historical photographs— at least one picture per page—and the 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. Through arduous work of archival research, Koerner reconstructs the many diverse lifestyles using fragmentary information and surviving photos.

Themes and Structure
The Goal of This Book
1. The Effect of Identity and Social Image on People’s Lifestyles
Two Shared Features in the Self-Image of Hungarian Jews
The Perception of Self as the “Other”
Some Aspects of the Jews’ Social Image
Jewish Representatives of Hungarian-Style Popular Music
2. Family Life
3. Religious Life
4. Social Life
5. Learning
6. Military Life
7. Vacationing
8. Sports
9. Charity
Selected Bibliography
Owners of the Photos

"This two-volume set offers a compelling visual and literary portrait of Hungarian Jews from the mid-nineteenth century until the eve of the Holocaust. It focuses on Jews in Budapest, in the Hungarian provinces and in the more Hassidic Carpathian region. While the photographs catch the eye, the very perceptive and sensitive text underscores the variety of lifestyles and modes of self-identification that characterized Hungarian Jewry... Even casual readers of this book will find themselves learning and understanding far more than they anticipated when they opened the book. Many chapters could serve as an effective introduction to the study of modern religious developments in Central European Jewry."