This book analyses the role of social networks in the process of migration. Based on stories of Polish Jews who migrated between Poland and Palestine in the 1920s, the author presents all stages of the journey and shows how networks of friends and families spread in different countries contributed to the migration experience. Presenting these stories through correspondence, she shows how migrants were not only motivated by traditional push and pull factors, or ideology, but also by dependence on other members of their social network. This book shows the process of migration from the perspective of their international social ties.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to all the people who have contributed to the publication process. This book is the outcome of my dissertation written at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and I am especially indebted to Professor Michael Brenner, my first Ph.D. supervisor, for his knowledge and guidance over the years. I was privileged to have learned not only an enormous amount of information from him but also insight into useful methodological approaches to difficult topics. I also owe a very special debt to my second Ph.D. supervisor, Professor Natalia Aleksiun from Touro College in New York. Her knowledge and passion for the history of Polish Jewry helped me to gain a deeper understanding of this complex history and to avoid many mistakes. The personal warmth, energy, and wisdom of my both supervisors kept me positive through the entire writing process.
Throughout the years of working on my dissertation and then the manuscript of the book, I was honoured to meet many wonderful individuals in several fascinating countries. From them I have received advice, suggestions, and comments which helped me to define the scope and content of this book. All those encounters and discussions have influenced me in both the scholarly and personal realms. I would like to thank in particular: Gur Alroey, Katharina Friedla, Małgorzata Maksymiak, Joachim Schlör, Marcos Silber, Nancy Sinkoff, Ania Switzer, and Joanna Sliwa. Nevertheless, many other friends in Europe, Israel, and the United States...
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