Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Osteuropa 8-10/2008

Generational Change
Moyshe Kligsberg and yugnt-forshung

Jennifer Young

Deutsche Fassung


Convinced that the personality of a human being is not predetermined, but formed in childhood and youth, the academic Moyshe Kligsberg had his finger on the pulse of the Jewish youth of his day. His findings from the interwar era are a unique fund of ideas about the life of the East European Jews. He noted that the immigration of Jewish youth to the United States during and after the Second World War was equivalent to a generational change. Polish-Jewish youth’s affinity with Yiddish culture and its distinct sense of community from the interwar era had been lost, in Kligsberg’s view. In was succeeded by an individual orientation toward success.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2008, pp. 313–320)