The Jews of Leszno 1918-1939: the Polish-Jewish dilemma in the western borderlands
Nicholls, Stephen (2011) The Jews of Leszno 1918-1939: the Polish-Jewish dilemma in the western borderlands. MPhil thesis, University of Portsmouth.
My thesis shows the enduring difficulty of acceptance of the Jews by the host nation during the inter-war years of the Second Polish Republic, shaped by the legacy of Imperial Germany, when political change and religious-national conflict in East Central Europe destroyed Leszno’s multi-ethnic population. The tide of Polish nationalism following Germany’s surrender in November 1918 swept aside any residue of harmony and co-existence in this now Polish town, the focus of my study.
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