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A Non-Philatelic Bibliography


"Cited As" is the abbreviation used in this Websites. (The key ones are in Bold)

"Citation" is the actual journal or book citation, sometimes annotated.

AKA = "Also known as"

Lang. Cited As Citation
  Abramsky [1986] Abramsky, Chimen, Maciej Jachimczyk, Antony Polonsky, eds., The Jews in Poland, Papers presented at the International Conference on Polish-Jewish Studies, Oxford, Sept. 1984
  Arnold [1991] Arnold, Benjamin, Count and Bishop in Medieval Germany, University of Pennsylvania Press (part of its Middle Ages Series)
  Arnold [1997] Arnold, Benjamin, Medieval Germany, 500-1300, A Political Interpretation, University of Toronto Press, 1997.
  Barany [1997] Barany, Ronald, The Psalms, Psilam Publishing, 1997
  Blockmans [2007] Blockmans, Wim and Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Introduction to Medieval Europe, 300 - 1550, Routledge, English Translation, 2007. Original Dutch edition, Prometheus, 2002.
  Bojanowicz [2008] Bojanowicz, M., An Introduction to the Philately of the Kingdom of Poland, Chapter 1 , in Dyliżans No. 48 (January 2008), pp. 3-11. Dyliżans is the journal of the Society for Polish Philately in Great Britain. This article is listed as non-philatelic because it summarizes Polish History from 966 to about 1873.
  Chazan [1980] Chazan, Robert, Ed., Church, State, and Jew in the Middle Ages, Behrman House, 1980. This book contains translations of over 90 documents from 992 to 1492, including Boleslaw's 1264 Jewish Charter.
  Chazan [2006] Chazan, Robert, Ed., The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500, Cambridge University Press, 2006. I like the way Prof. Chazan describes the variety and diversity of forces and themes affecting the Jews without making me feel overwhelmed.
  Davies [1982a,b] Davies, Norman, God's Playground, A History of Poland, Volume I, The Origins to 1795, Volume II, 1795 to the Present
  Dunski [1956] Duński, Marian and W. Hermanowski, Prof. Stanislaw Mikstein, Polonus 144 (November 1956), pg. 144-1 ff. (Mikstein's Polonus obituary.)
  Engle [1998] Engel, David Joshua, Patterns of Anti-Jewish violence in Poland, 1944-1946, Yad Vashem Studies, vol. 26, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1998
  Fleckenstein [1978] Fleckenstein, Josef, Early Medieval Germany, Vol. 16 in the series Europe in the Middle Ages: Selected Studies, Elsevier North-Holland, 1978
  Gelernter [2012] Gelernter, David, "A Tale of Two Synagogues", book review of Hubka [2003], The Jewish Review of Books, Winter 2012.
  Gies [1994, 1995] Gies, Frances & Joseph, Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel — Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages, HarperCollins, 1994 (hardcover), 1995 (softcover)
  Goldberg [1986] Goldberg, Jacob "The Privileges granted to Jewish Communities of the Polish Commonwealth as a stabilizing factor in Jewish support", Chapter 3 in Abramsky [1986]
  Henkin [2006] Henkin, David, The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications In Nineteeth-Century America, University of Chicago Press, 2006. I believe this is an outgrowth of his Ph. D. thesis. It discusses the impact of regular, relatively inexpensive postal service on American society . Much of it is probably pretty universal, at least in some part.
  Huberband [1987] Huberband, Shimon, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Robert S. Hirt, Kiddush Hashem: Jewish Religious and Cultural Life in Poland During the Holocaust (Heritage of Modern European Jewry, V. 1), KTAV Publishing House and Yeshiva University Press [1987]; previously published in Yiddish 1
  Hubka [2003] Hubka, Thomas C., Resplendent Synagogue, Brandeis University Press, 2003.

This is about the Gwoździec (now Gvozdets in the Ukraine) synagogue, portions of which will be replicated in Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews, due to open in 2012. But it covers much more, and is must reading for anyone interested in Eastern European wooden synagogues. See the Hubka note in the wooden synagogue introduction.
  Innes [2000] Innes, Matthew, State and Society in the Early Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, 2000 (this is a rewrite if his Ph.D. dissertation.)
  Kisch [1949a,b] Kisch, Guido, Jews in Medieval Germany pp. 62-70, Jewry Law in Medieval Germany Apparently discusses the Jewish aspects of the Magdeburg Law (or Rights); the latter work is primarily original source material in German.
  Krinsky [1985] Krinsky, Carol Herselle, Synagogues of Europe, The Architectural History Foundation, N.Y., N.Y., 1985
  Lehrer [2007] Lehrer, Jonah, The Living City, Seed Magazine #11 (July-August 2007), pp. 54 ff.
  Linder [1997] Linder, Amnon, The Jews in the legal sources of the early Middle Ages, Wayne State University Press, 1997. This work provides English translations and original sources for over 1200 items from perhaps the mid-300's C.E. to the early 1100's.
  Litman [1984] Litman, Jacob, The Economic Role of Jews in Medieval Poland: the Contributions of Yitzhak Schipper, University Press of America, 1984
This is adapted from Litman's Ph.D. thesis, and develops the research of Schipper, an historian killed by the Nazis. The book is particularly useful in that it expounds on the disagreements among historians on the material covered in the book.
  Lukowski [1999] Lukowski, Jerzy, The Partitions of Poland, 1772, 1793, 1795, Addison Wesley Longman, 1999
  Lukowski [2001] Lukowski, Jerzy, and Hubert Zawadzki, A Concise History of Poland, Cambridge University Press, 2001
  Marcus [1938] Marcus, Jacob , The Jew in the Medieval World: A Sourcebook, 315-1791, (New York: Jewish Publication Society, 1938)
English, Hebrew, Yiddish "Memorial (Yiskor) Book" [1977] The Przedborzer Association in Israel and U.S.A., Przedborz Memorial Book, Tel Aviv, 1977. This is also called a "Yiskor" book, Yiskor being Hebrew for memorial, and is similar to other books published about every town in which Jews were killed in large numbers during WW II. The book has 84 pages in English and 548 in Hebrew or Yiddish.
  Penguin [2003] The Penguin Atlas of World History, Volumes 1 & 2. Hermann Kinder and Werner Hilgemann, authors of the original German edition, first published in Munich, 1964.
P, E Piechotka [1957, 1959, 1996, 2004]

Piechotka, Maria and Kazimierz, Wooden Synagogues, Warsaw, Arkady 1959; in Polish as Bramy Nieba: Boznice Drewniane Na Ziemiach Dawnej Rzeczypospolitej (1957). Detailed descriptions of 83? Polish Wooden Synagogues, as well as background material from the archives of the Institute of Polish Architecture of the Polytechnic of Warsaw. The 1996 edition is in Polish, large format, with many more photos and drawings. The 2004 edition, Heaven's Gates, Wooden Synagogues in the Former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, is an English translation of the updated 1996 Polish edition. It has much more discussion than the 1959 book, and covers about 87 synagogues.


Not all photos were improved in the 2004 edition, as compared to the 1954 edition, so don't sell your earlier version.

The Piechotkas also published similar books (Bramy Nieba - Boznice murowane) dealing with Polish masonry synagogues. Look for a large-format English edition in a few years.
(But I haven't seen it as of Jan. 2012.)

  Pogonowski [1993]

Pogonowski, Iwo, Jews in Poland, a documentary history: the rise of Jews as a nation from Congressus Judaicus in Poland to the Knesset in Israel,

New York: Hippocrene Books, c1993. Provides an English translation of the Jewish Charter, as promulgated by Boleslaw the Pious in 1264 and subsequently reaffirmed. (The original charter and affirmations are in Latin.)

  Prażmowska [2004] Prażmowska, Anita, A History of Poland, Palgrave Macmillan, N.Y.
P Rejduch-Samkowa [2002] Rejduch-Samkowa, Izabella & Jan Samek, Dawna sztuka zydowska w Polsce (Early Jewish Art in Poland), Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe (WAiF: Art and Film Publishing Company Ltd.), Warsaw, 2002 (Thanks to Roman Sobus for providing a copy of this book.)
  Roth [2003] Roth, Norman, Medieval Jewish Civilization: an encyclopedia, Routledge, 2003
  Schulte [2008] Schulte, Petra, Marco Mostert, & Irene van Renswoude, eds. Strategies in Writing, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, Vol. 13, Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, 2008.
  Schweitzer [1971] Schweitzer, Frederick M., A History of the Jews Since the First Century A.D., Macmillan, 1971
P Słownik [1888]

Sulimirski, Filipa, Chlebowski, Bronisław, Władysław Walewski, eds, Słownik Geograficzny -- Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowianskich (A Geographical Dictionary of the Polish Kingdom and Other Slavonic Countries), Tom (Volume) IX, 1888. This is a Polish Historical Atlas of Place Names. Przedbórz starts on page 133 of Vol. 9.  

  • Display or download the article as a 1.6 MB PDF. (I assume the 1888 copyright has expired.)
  • Also see the Polish Genealogical Society of America's information page about the terms and abbreviations used in the book. Słownik Geograficzny is available on CD through their store. (Click on details.)
  • The PGSA website also includes English translations of the Slownik entries for quite a few towns. (Some hundreds I would guess.) Unfortunately, the Przedbórz entry hadn't been translated last time I checked.

  Spector [2001]

Spector, Shmuel, and Geoffrey Wigoder, eds., The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and NYU Press, New York. 3 vol.


This 3 vol. work is an adaption of Yad Vashem's 30-vol. work in Hebrew, and includes a chronology, historical review, bibliography, maps, etc. Excellent contribution. Thanks to Stuart Freiman for telling me about it.

  Weinryb [1973] Weinryb, Bernard J., The Jews of Poland, The Jewish Publication Society of America, Philadelphia, 1973
  Wischnitzer [1964] Wischnitzer, Rachael, The Architecture of the European Synagogue, Jewish Publication Society of America [1964].

Wischnitzer is mentioned in David Gelernter's review as having tried to persuade Frank Lloyd Wright to put the bimah in the center of his design for Philadelphia's Beth Sholom synagogue. This book surveys the range of European synagogue design, and includes those of both Przedbórz and Gwozdziec.

1. This is reconstructed from Huberband's notes which were among those buried in milk cans in the Warsaw Ghetto. He was sent to Triblinka on August 18 or 19, 1942.


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