Eva Hoffman, Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews


In Shtetl, Eva Hoffman attempts to tell the troubled and complex story of relations between Poles and Jews from medieval times until the Holocaust through the lens of one small, not particularly famous Polish village called Bransk. Hoffman’s writing is superb, and approaches the subject with a calm even-handedness that tries to dig deeper than the stereotypes that modern-day Poles and Jews have of each other. I’ve actually read this twice, and it was well worth the re-read.

(Read March 12, 2010)


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