What is there, in the Litvak’s Head?

Motti Zalkin

Ben-Gurion University

Since the 1860’s Warsaw witnessed an influx of Jews from the Lithuania, White Russia and Galicia, seeking new economic and commercial opportunities. The encounter between these “Litvaks” and the local Jewish, as well non-Jewish society, was characterised by basic mistrust, hostility and even hatred of the locals toward the newcomers, drawn mainly from prejudices, stereotypes and basic cultural differences. The lecture will discuss the background and the main characteristics of this traumatic confrontation.

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