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Advocates of Exile. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, June 2008, Pages: 84
Was there anything unique about the way the Hungarian Jews and, more specifically, Orthodoxy reacted to the emergence of Zionism, the Jewish nationalist movement? Was the Orthodox reaction in any way different to the secular one? What were the main arguments and who were the key players? Was Zionism at all important in the life of the average Hungarian Jew?
These are some of the questions Agnes Erdos tries to find the answers to in her work, while taking a glimpse at the main issues preoccupying the Jews of Hungary in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, thus hoping to draw a clearer picture of the role of the national idea in Hungarian Jewish life and thought.
Born in Hungary in 1973, Agnes Erdos has studied English, Hebrew, and Jewish history at universities in Budapest. Her main academic interest lies with issues relating to the encounter between traditional Judaism and modernity. Currently Ms Erdos works at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London.