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A Time to GatherArchives and the Control of Jewish Culture$
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Jason Lustig

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780197563526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197563526.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) A Time to Gather
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Jason Lustig

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197563526.003.0001

The introduction presents the book’s core argument that twentieth-century Jewish archives were not just about the past but also about the future: We can look to a process whereby Jews turned increasingly toward archives as anchors of memory in a rapidly changing world. Jews in Germany, the United States, and Israel/Palestine all sought to gather the files of the past in order to represent their place in Jewish life and articulate a vision of the future. It situates these projects in the history of community-based archiving and archival theory and methodology, as well as Jewish history at large. It also dives into the ways we can see archive making as a metaphor for the broader patterns in modern Jewish history, as Jews sought to gather the sources and resources of their culture both before the Holocaust and especially in its aftermath.

Keywords:   Jewish archives, Jewish history, community-based archives, modern Jewish culture, turn to archives, cultural capital, archival theory

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