Another book published by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is already widely available in bookstores. It is a book by Piotr Pęziński titled „At the crossroads. Jewish youth in PRL 1956–1968”
This work won the 1st prize ex aequo in the fifth edition of the Majer Bałaban Contest for the best Master’s and Doctoral thesis on the Jewish subject matter, organized by the Jewish Historical Institute, in the category of Master’s theses. The dissertation is dedicated to the Jewish youth in the People’s Republic of Poland in the years 1956–1968. The author takes up such subjects as the issue of the Social and Cultural Association of Jews (TSKŻ) settling the past after 1956, beginnings of the youth movement at TSKŻ, creation of „Nasz Głos”, development of the Jewish scouts movement, fight for Jewish education and the Jewish language, the demise of Jewish social life and education as a result of the antisemitic campaign of 1968.
The book is based on a rich variety of sources. On one hand, Pęziński used archival documents (TSKŻ, the Institute of National Remembrance, The Council of the Capital City of Warsaw, the JHI), the press (including „Nasz Głos””, „Fołks-Sztyme”, „Trybuna Ludu”), films (including Babel 69, Dworzec Gdański), but on the other hand, he gathered personal accounts of many figures appearing in the book (including, Leopold Sobel, Adam Gryniewicz, Jerzy Borensztajn) and also websites of the emigrants of March 68 : „Plotkies” and „Daskografia.”
Another advantage of the book is its iconography. It includes 58 illustrations from both archival collections (TSKŻ, the KARTA Center, the Institute of National Remembrance) and those made available to the author by individual persons, currently living in different parts of the world (Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Canada, the United States, Sweden) and Poland (Warsaw, Szczecin). The photographs used in the book are of different nature. They are not only scans of archival documents of the Institute of National Remembrance, vignettes of Jewish newspapers, tickets and other travel documents, but they also depict summer and Jewish scouts camps, reading rooms of TSKŻ, Jewish schools and musical bands.