In the Capital of „No-Settlement Zone” — Poznań Press on the Attitude of Poznań City Council to the Jews 1918–1939

Hanna Kozińska-Witt

In the Capital of „No-Settlement Zone” — Poznań Press on the Attitude of Poznań City Council to the Jews 1918–1939

Periodical
„Kwartalnik Historii Żydów” nr 02 /2012
Publication year
2012

The author reviews the opinions of Poznań newspapers about the Jews residing in the city and press reports about the reviewing of matters related to the Jewish minority at the city council. She looks at the historic background: the post-WWI exchange of inhabitants and the Polonization of the town, the exodus of German Jews, with the place vacated by them taken by Jews from the former Congress Kingdom and Galicia, their cultural and social isolation in the town. The significant influence of the region’s national democrats is also emphasized, along with mentions of programs of driving out or blocking the movement of the Jews to Wielkopolska region, and a review of the reaction to anti-Jewish unrest. Next to presenting the debates and administrative practices, the author seeks to answer the question about the actual role of the “Jewish question”, in view of the low actual number of Jews in the city.

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