LANDSCAPE WITH MENORAH :: Maria i Kazimierz Piechotkowie

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    Landscape with Menorah offers a synthetic view of the history of over eight centuries of Jewish presence in the lands of the former Commonwealth or Rzeczpospolita of Poland and Lithuania. It is the English translation of a study by Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka, based on many decades’ research into the unique phenomenon of Jewish settlement in the kingdoms of the Piast and later the Jagiellonian monarchies, and then of the Rzeczpospolita of Poland-Lithuania (today central and eastern Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and western Ukraine).

    A narrative is chronological and divided into chapters, charting the urban and architectural developments of the sites – the settlements, streets, neighbourhoods, and towns – where Jewish communities resided from the thirteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and where unusual forms of synagogue art and architecture, not seen elsewhere, evolved as a result of the osmosis between Jewish and Polish cultures. The text is illustrated with nearly a hundred black and white photographs, mostly documentary and coming from the state archives of the Institute of Art History of Polish Academy of Sciences, the National Library in Warsaw and the collections of the National Digital Archives. Plans of Jewish towns and quarters drawn specifically for the first Polish edition are also included.

    Landscape with Menora: Jews in the towns and cities of the former Rzeczpospolita of Poland and Lithuania is the English translation of a study by Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka, first published in 2008, and addressed to both a specialist and a general readership. The book is a synthesis of many decades’ research into the unique phenomenon of Jewish settlement and presence in the lands of the Piast and later the Jagiellonian monarchies, and then of the Commonwealth or Rzeczpospolita of Poland-Lithuania (today central and eastern Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and western Ukraine). 
     
    The book is devoted to the sites  – the settlements, streets, neighbourhoods, and towns – where Jewish communities resided from the thirteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and to the unusual forms, not seen elsewhere, of synagogue art and architecture that evolved in these territories as a result of the osmosis between Jewish and Polish cultures. The text is profusely illustrated with black-and-white old photographs, plans and drawings, reconstructing the no longer extant interiors. 
     

    Przekład na język angielski książki Marii i Kazimierza Piechotków, Krajobraz z menorą. Żydzi w miastach i miasteczkach dawnej Rzeczpospolitej, wydanej w 2008 roku przez Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich w serii „Nasze Pamiątki i Krajobrazy”.

    AUTOR/ZY | AUTHOR/SMaria i Kazimierz Piechotkowie
    TYTUŁ ORYGINALNY | ORIGINAL TITLEKrajobraz z menorą. Żydzi w miastach i miasteczkach dawnej Rzeczpospolitej
    TŁUMACZENIE | TRANSLATIONKrzysztof Z. Cieszkowski
    WYDAWCA | PUBLISHERSalix Alba
    MIEJSCE I ROK WYDANIA | PLACE & YEAR OF EDITIONWarszawa | 2015
    OPRAWA I LICZBA STRON | COVER & NUMBER OF PAGESMiękka | 184
    WERSJA JĘZYKOWA | LANGUAGE VERSIONENG
    FORMAT | SIZE24 x 17 cm
    ISBN / ISSN978-83-930937-7-9