Abstract

Eastern European Jewry is indelibly marked by the terms of a folkloric, shtetl-dwelling existence, according to conventional perception. However, the history of the urban milieu of early-20thcentury Poland debunks this notion, revealing that Jews created and participated in a variety of public entertainments. Tightrope walkers, fakirs, and professional wrestlers, among others, entertained Jewish audiences, but also allowed both the performers and their fans to express their ethnic and national affiliations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-4715
Print ISSN
1054-2043
Pages
pp. 117-135
Launched on MUSE
2006-06-19
Open Access
No
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