The Golden Age Shtetl
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Book discussion with author Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of Jewish history, Northwestern University.
The shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe's Jews in the 18th and 19th centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience. Challenging popular misconceptions of the shtetl as an isolated, ramshackle Jewish village stricken by poverty and pogroms, Petrovsky-Shtern argues in his latest book that, in its heyday from the 1790s to the 1840s, the shtetl was a thriving Jewish community as vibrant as any in Europe. Following his talk, Petrovsky-Shtern will sign copies of books purchased at the event. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.