BOOK: Publication of the volume Jewish Imaginaries of the Spanish Civil War: In Search of Poetic Justice

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Announcing the publication of the volume Jewish Imaginaries of the Spanish Civil War: In Search of Poetic Justice, edited by Cynthia Gabbay (Université d'Orléans, France). See


List of Figures ix
Preface and Acknowledgments x
A Note on Translations and Transliterations xiii
Abbreviations xiv

Introduction: The Spanish Civil War and Its Jewish Cultural Phenomenon Cynthia Gabbay 1


Part One Textualities of War in Journalism, Epistolaries, and Music

1 León Azerrat Alias Ben-Krimo: A Moroccan Jew in the Spanish
Civil War Asher Salah 23

2 Beyond Music: Hanns Eisler (1898–1962) Antonio Notario Ruiz 41

3 Simón Radowitzky: Revolution, Exile, and a Wandering Jew Imaginary Leonardo Senkman 56

4 Max Aub, the Exile Who Returns to the Diaspora
Mauricio Pilatowsky Braverman 76

5 The Holy War on Fascism Deborah A. Green 92


Part Two Textualities of Memory and Postmemory in Contemporary Literature and Thought

6 Jewish Argentine Perspectives and Intellectual Mission around the Spanish Civil War: The Cases of Alberto Gerchunoff and Enrique Espinoza Melina Di Miro 111

7 “The World Exists and We Are Part of It”: The Inzikh’s Poetic Response to the Spanish Civil War Golda van der Meer 127

8 A Better Earth: Spain’s Land and Inquisition in Jewish Canadian Spanish Civil War Literature Emily Robins Sharpe 142

9 A Novel That Never Was: Ruth Rewald’s Vier Spanische Jungen
Tabea Alexa Linhard 157

10 Using the Kabbalah to Make Sense of the Spanish Civil War: Angelina Muñiz-Huberman’s War of the Unicorn (1983) E. Helena Houvenaghel 172

11 A Jewish-Spanish Outlook on the Civil War: La canción de Ruth by
Marifé Santiago Bolaños Rose Duroux 184

Conclusion: Poetic Justice for the Lost Spain: Deciphering Jewish Keys in
Modern and Contemporary Imaginaries Cynthia Gabbay 200

Notes on Contributors 225
Index 228



Jewish Imaginaries of the Spanish Civil War inaugurates a new field of research in Literary and Jewish Studies at the intersection of Jewish history and the internationalist cultural phenomenon emerging from the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), the Republican exile, and the Shoah. The study presents an open corpus and proposes the definition of Jewish textualities based on the entanglement of multiple Jewish poetic modes. It explores the Jewish imaginaries of the Spanish Civil War in the context of cultural phenomena such as antisemitism, orientalism, and philo-Sephardism. It also offers perspectives on memorial and post-memorial Jewish literatures triggered by transhistorical imagination. Through the examination of a variety of narrative fiction and non-fiction, memoir, poetry, epistles, journalism, and music in Yiddish, Spanish, French, German, and English, it unveils non-canonic authors across the West. The study questions Western cosmopolitanism and focuses on the condition of Jewish writers as producers of epistemic disobedience, a characteristic of Mosaic enthusiasm in seeking reparation and emancipation. It also underlines the Jewish cultural phenomenon in the West that worked as a counter-culture when adopting chameleonic survival tactics in order to disguise under Western cosmopolitanism. The book argues that Western cosmopolitanism, in its imitation of the Jewish diasporic condition through cultural appropriation, perpetuates the subalternity of the Jewish cultures. In response, the book revindicates the polyglossia of the Jewish cultures and literatures in the context of genocide and epistemicide when recognizing them as providers of poetic justice in the Jewish query for emancipation.