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Roman Sobus was right!!!

He said something like,

While several friends, including Joseph Matlak, said this site should have some history and tell a story, somehow Roman had a twist and an emphasis that stuck with me.

But Roman wasn't the first to understand this. Bernard Weinryb [1973, pg viii] puts it more-or-less this way: (I changed the format and omitted some things.)

"Jewish History in Poland ... is the outcome of two processes that sometimes run parallel and sometimes cross and conflict."

A related issue is that there is more written on Poland's Jews than on Przedbˇrz's, so we have to mix the microcosm with the macrocosm.

So this section mixes Polish history, Przedbórz history, Jewish history, and Przedbórz Jewish history, all in approximate chronological order.

Note that "the Jewish community of Przedborz is one of the oldest in Poland", according to Shimon Huberband [1987, pg. 295], writing in the years from 1939 to 1942, when he died in the Holocaust.


Keep in mind three key themes that may be hard for the average American to understand:

Other resources:


Read chronology:

Read about Polish Jewish Charters and about the April 2016 Curating Culture, Making History: On the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews event.


I've just started (late May, 2008) reading Chazan [2006], The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000 - 1500. His introduction illustrates the variety of conditions that different areas of Western Europe (and the Jews therein) faced, and serves to dispel any fantasies that this period was homogeneous.
Footnotes:
  1. The apparently now (24 June 2010) defunct or relocated site http://www.litenshtibl.org/shtibleng.htm defined a shtibl as Yiddish for "room". http://www.answers.com/topic/shtibl defines it as "little room", and says it was a creation of the Chassidic movement, although I think the term now applies to any small group which prays together in a fixed, but somewhat informal setting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shtiebel has a similar explanation.
  2. Perhaps the liberum veto evolved from the pre-Christian Roman Republic, where consuls, tribunes, etc. had various veto powers over one another. (This is a subject for further research. Try the Wikipedia, Cracow-life.com or the Britannica CD articles.)
  3. "Jewish Town" is not my invention. I was pretty astonished when a someone in Poland used the term when advertising some Przedbórz memorabelia and stamps. Later I saw the term applied to other cities as well.

    In any event, the term "Jewish Town" has outraged some of the local (non-Jewish) Przedbórz citizenry. See the Przedbórz Forum section of Przedbórz.info

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