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Location of memory versus space of communication: presses languages, and education among Czernovitz Jews, 1918-1941

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The history of Czernovitz, chief city and former capital of Bukovina, has long been veiled in a mythology based largely on romanticized accounts. In order to understand the background to this city's rich literary production better, we have evaluated the German-language press which flourished in Czernovitz during the interwar period, when the city remained an enclave of German-language culture, highly intellectual, and predominantly Jewish, long after Bukovina itself came under Romanian rule in 1918. In this article, we challenge the romantic mythology of Czernovitz, stressing the city's function as a modern space of communication rather than a location of memory. Our research is based on press articles, contextualizing archival material and testimonies of contemporaries born between 1908 and 1936. Its underlying conceptual framework is Pierre Bourdieu's theory of the field of cultural production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-55
Number of pages26
JournalCentral Europe
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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