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A Hasidic Spatial Turn

Professor Marcin Wodziński argues that historians have studied Hasidism from a limited perspective, which is surprising considering that it was a movement of enormous cultural significance throughout Eastern Europe, and that it shaped modern thinking about Ashkenazi Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (…) Researchers, unfamiliar with the geography of the region, found it difficult to assign traditional names to places that fell within the borders of modern Poland or Ukraine. The Historical Atlas of Hasidism remedies this type of methodological error by firmly embedding key questions of Hasidism in a spatial turn.

A satirical look at women's position in Hasidism. Illustration:  ©Noam Nadav

Hasidism: An Elite Men’s Club

Professor Marcin Wodziński: „The great tsadikim could afford not to deal with women, which does not mean that there weren’t exceptions. Such unprecedented meetings could even raise a tsadik’s prestige: if he agreed to meet a woman, it meant that she was no ordinary woman, but the Shekhina, the divine presence of God”.

Father Tadeusz Rydzyk presents the Israeli Ambassador Anna Azari with an album about the Chapel of Remembrance /Photo: Ambasada Izraela w Polsce

Father Israel

Excerpt from the article: Father Tadeusz Rydzyk is the founder of the largest Catholic radio station in Poland. An able political manipulator who relentlessly perpetuates anti-Semitic conspiracy theories through his personal media network, Rydzyk has become the face of the most discriminatory and anti-progressive faction of Polish Catholicism. Poland’s right-wing parties both love and need…

Dressed in black: Chana Matusiak. In the background, a brick factory owned by the Berent family from Koźminek. /Photo: Family archive

When Angels Came for Tea

Excerpt from the article: Two families hiding a Jewish man and his young son. Siblings informing on their own brother and his Jewish wife. A decent German army police commander, killed just after the war. Jewish women who died because someone was tempted by their alleged “treasures”. The memory of the Holocaust in Koźminek (near…