Fascinated by the nature of the Jewish identity, Doeblin, the author of "Berlin Alexanderplatz", a non-practising Jew in Berlin in the 1920s, decided to visit Poland to try to discover his Jewish roots. This book is a record of that journey. He describes Polish-Jewish language and tradition, the striking costumes and colourful markets, and the terrible poverty that surrounded everything. The book is both a personal investigation into ancestry and a portrait of a unique society on the eve of its destruction.
EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION. Warsaw. The Jewish District of Warsaw. Wilno/Vilnius. Lublin. Lwow/Lemberg. The Petroleum District. Cracow. Zakopane. Lodz. Departure. Map. Bibliography. NOTES FOR THE INTRODUCTION. NOTES FOR THE TEXT.