Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

The Jewish Youth Movement in Poland between the Wars
A Sociological Study

Moyshe Kligsberg

Deutsche Fassung


The First World War led to the impoverishment of a large part of Poland’s Jews. Jewish youth seemed to have been robbed of any possibility of a future. Nonetheless, instead of submitting to fate in this situation, Jewish youth found the strength to work together for a better future. The hunger for education, organisation, self-help, and idealism were the central tenets of this movement. No matter what level of society they came from, these Jewish groups developed a certain lifestyle, which included constant reading, club-house visits, and outings and camps as well as the rehabilitation of physical work as a prestigious undertaking.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 131–146)