A History of Jewish Crafts and Guilds

A History of Jewish Crafts and Guilds

Mark Wischnitzer
352 pages ~ 6 x 9
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About the Book

A sociologist and historian reviews the story of Jewish artisanship from its beginnings, in biblical times, through the late eighteenth century. He details Jewish involvement in a variety of craft activities and demonstrates how Jewish guilds were used as political pawns by the rulers of the countries where the artisans lived. This title, originally published in 1965, is available on-demand only.

“This book . . . is the first documented history of Jewish crafts, from the beginnings of artisanship in the biblical period until the late 18th century and up to the threshold of the industrial era. The author tells clearly the dramatic story of the Jewish struggles for the right to work, of master-and-journeyman relationship, and the position of the artisan in the community and society at large.”
--The Book Exchange

“We owe our appreciation to Mark Wischnitzer. . . . This is a pioneering synthesis of the subject.”
--American Jewish Historical Quarterly

About the Author

Born in Rowno, Poland, in 1882, Mark Wischnitzer received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin. From 1922 to 1938, he was Secretary General of Berlin’s Hilsverein der Deutschen Juden and oversaw social and cultural relief programs in Eastern Europe.