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Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Volume One

Pauline Wengeroff


Pauline Wengeroff, the only nineteenth-century Russian Jewish woman to publish a memoir, sets out to illuminate the “cultural history of the Jews of Russia” in the period of Jewish “enlightenment,” when traditional culture began to disintegrate and Jews became modern. A gifted writer and astute social observer, she paints a portrait of both traditional and modernizing Jewish societies by focusing on women and the family, and by offering a gendered account (and indictment) of assimilation. In Volume One of Memoirs of a Grandmother, Wengeroff depicts traditional Jewish society, including the rel ... More

Keywords: Russia, nineteenth century, Jews, Pauline Wengeroff, cultural history, Jewish enlightenment, Jewish societies, religious culture, Tsar Nicholas I, grandmother

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804768795
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pauline Wengeroff, author