The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe - Hundert, Gershon David; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research - Yale University Press
  • May 28, 2008
    2448 p., 8 1/2 x 10 7/8
    57 color illus. + 1104 b/w illus. and maps
    ISBN: 9780300119039
    Cloth: $450.00 tx

Literary Studies

Published in cooperation with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research 

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

2 Volumes

  • Editor in Chief Gershon David Hundert
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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2008.

Recipient of the 2009 Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention, sponspored by the American Library Association.

Received Honorable Mention for the 2008 PROSE Award in the Multi-volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences category, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.

Winner of the 2008 Judaica Reference Award, given by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

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This unprecedented reference work systematically represents the history and culture of Eastern European Jews from their first settlement in the region to the present day. More than 1,800 alphabetical entries encompass a vast range of topics, including religion, folklore, politics, art, music, theater, language and literature, places, organizations, intellectual movements, and important figures. The two-volume set also features more than 1,000 illustrations and 55 maps.


With original and up-to-date contributions from an international team of 450 distinguished scholars, the Encyclopedia covers the region between Germany and the Ural Mountains, from which more than 2.5 million Jews emigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920. Even today the majority of Jewish immigrants to North America arrive from Eastern Europe. Engaging, wide-ranging, and authoritative, this work is a rich and essential reference for readers with interests in Jewish studies and Eastern European history and culture.


Gershon David Hundert is professor of history and of Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal.


The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the history and culture of Ashkenazi Jewry and to its influence in the Americas. It is the world’s preeminent resource center for East European Jewish Studies; Yiddish language, literature, and folklore; the Holocaust; and the American Jewish immigrant experience.