The University of Alabama Press is pleased to announce that Polacos in Argentina: Polish Jews, Interwar Migration, and the Emergence of Transatlantic Jewish Culture by Mariusz Kałczewiak is the recipient of the 2020 best book award from the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

Polacos in Argentina is an examination of the social and cultural repercussions of Jewish emigration from Poland to Argentina in the 1920s and 1930s. Based on archival research, Yiddish travelogues on Argentina, and the Yiddish and Spanish-language press, this study recreates a mosaic of entanglements that Jewish migration wove between Poland and Argentina.

The LAJSA committee had this to say of the book:

Kałczewiak has gone far beyond writing an excellent study of transatlantic migrant cultures. Through pathbreaking, multi-archive, multilingual research Polacos in Argentina transforms our understanding of transnational Jewish and Yiddish cultures. As the best studies always do, this book transcends its specific topics to offer new insights into how scholars might understand the movement of peoples across multiple borders, and how long term migrations come to transform both destination societies and the places from which the migrants originally came.

The LAJSA award committee requested that the award be presented to two authors this year as a special exception. UAP is proud to share this prestigious award with a fellow university press title, Laura Limonic’s, Kugel and Frijoles: Latino Jews in the United States published by Wayne State University Press.

Kałczewiak is senior research associate and lecturer in the Slavic Studies department at the University of Potsdam. His scholarship has appeared in American Jewish History, The New Ethnic Studies in Latin America, and Studia Judaica.

Polacos in Argentina is currently available for 40% off on orders placed on UAP’s website. Readers can use code POLACOS40 at checkout to receive the discount.