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Chaim Zhitlovsky: Philosopher of Yiddish Culture – Professor Tony Michels
Although barely remembered today, Dr. Chaim Zhitlovsky (1865-1943) was a towering figure in modern Jewish politics and culture during his own lifetime. He was highly influential yet often controversial. A revolutionary socialist and Jewish nationalist, Zhitlovsky promoted the idea of a Yiddish cultural renaissance in the United States, Eastern Europe, and wherever Yiddish-speaking Jews lived. At various times, he supported Zionism and Communism; at other times he was a fierce critic of both. Who was Chaim Zhitlovsky and what was his philosophy of Yiddishism?
Tony Michels teaches American Jewish history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he serves as director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. He is the author of A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, editor of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History, and co-editor of The Cambridge History of Judaism. Volume Eight: The Modern World, 1815-2000. Michels is currently writing a book on the history of American Jewish relations with the Soviet Union.
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