Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies

2021

Honorable Mention

Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century

Honorable Mention: Adam Teller
Title: Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century (Princeton University Press)

Adam Teller’s Rescue the Surviving Souls is a compellingly written and organized narrative that brings the seventeenth century to life with a brilliant combination of economic, social, and political history of Polish Jewry moving across the borders of several early modern European empires. Offering a close reading of an extraordinarily diverse source base drawing on twelve languages, Teller productively and importantly reframes what had been understood as Jewish migration as a timeless story of global crisis, forced migration, and violence against refugees.

Winner: Molly Pucci