Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture

By Mirjam Zadoff; William Templer | Go to book overview

Acknowledgments

This book of past landscapes of the Bohemian spas was written in the midst of life in Munich. The Department of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich not only gave the project a scaffolding and framework but contributed in multifaceted ways to its form and content.

The financial support from a number of foundations—most particularly the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, but also the Zeit Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius, the Robert Goldmann Scholarship Fund, and the Theodor Körner Fund for Science and Art—not only provided me with the opportunity to work in peace and quiet on the text but also allowed me to spend time in all the necessary archives and libraries. I wish to thank the staff members there—in Munich, New York City, the Czech Republic, and Israel—as well as László A. Magyar and Gabriel Kohner, who gave me valuable access to the memoirs of their relatives. I am also grateful to all those I interviewed and corresponded with, who conveyed to me their valuable recollections and personal impressions: Aharon Appelfeld, Judith Jägermann, Edith Kraus, Otto Meyer, Kurt Reichert, Mimi Ormond, and Ruth Shaingarten.

The present English translation was made possible by a generous grant from Geisteswissenschaften International—Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences from Germany, a joint initiative of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, the collecting society VG WORT, and the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. I owe special thanks to David B. Ruderman and Jerome Singerman for their support, and the decision to include the volume in the series Jewish Culture and Contexts at the University of Pennsylvania Press. In Bill Templer I found a thoughtful, exacting, and patient translator, whose many comments and remarks proved to be most helpful. I am grateful to him and to Lina Bosbach for an excellent index. In addition, the English version has also significantly profited from the attentive commentary by peer reviewers Michael Berkowitz and Marsha Rozenblit.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Jewish Culture and Contexts ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction- The (Mirrored) Playroom 1
  • Part 1- Be’Era Shel Miryam 11
  • Chapter 1 - A Letter 13
  • Chapter 2 - Consuming Places 17
  • Chapter 3 - In a Large Garden of Modernity 32
  • Chapter 4 - Bourgeois Experiential Spaces of Worry and Concern 49
  • Part II - Beit Dimyoni 67
  • Chapter 5 - A Conversation 69
  • Chapter 6 - Miscounters 76
  • Chapter 7 - Encounters 106
  • Part III - Odradek 135
  • Chapter 8 - A Story 137
  • Chapter 9 - The City in the Hills 141
  • Chapter 10 - Warmbod Grotesques 157
  • Part IV - Jutopia 177
  • Chapter 11 - A Map 179
  • Chapter 12 - Traveling to Bohemia 182
  • Chapter 13 - To Bohemia and beyond 197
  • Afterword Return to Bohemia 219
  • Abbreviations 225
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 265
  • Index 295
  • Acknowledgments 303
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