Paul Celan Visiting Fellow
(July – September 2010)
Meir Avraham Munk: Életem Történetei (History of My Life)
(Hungarian > English)
I will translate into English this exceptional source for the history of Jews in Hungary, which depicts transition and modernization during the nineteenth century. Then, traditional Jewish culture and society was still intact; a generation later, however, about half of Hungarian Jewry had abandoned their fathers’ Orthodoxy. Munk’s memoirs provide an intimate glimpse into the extended and nuclear family, economic pursuits, the community, matchmaking and marriage, and, above all, the cultural and educational institutions of the heder, the school and the yeshiva.