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Trapped – Essays on the History of the Czech Jews, 1939-1943

Trapped – Essays on the History of the Czech Jews, 1939-1943

Ruth Bondy

The existing corpus of works that document and research the Terezin ghetto (Theresienstadt) is now supplemented by this unique work. It addresses special aspects of the ghetto and the history of Czech Jewry, including humor as a weapon in coping with everyday life in Terezin, the status of privileged individuals, the fate of women, a young man's relief project, children in the Birkenau family camp, and more.


Crossing the River

Crossing the River

Shalom Eilati

Against the backdrop of Lithuania's occupation – first by the Red Army, next by the Germans, and then again by the Russians – this is a story reflected through the prism of a sharp-eyed young child. His story starts in the occupied Kovno Ghetto and ends with his flight across the Soviet border, through Poland and Germany, and finally, his arrival in Eretz Israel. Published in association with the University of Alabama Press.

"The book has invaded my sleep at night, bringing home the terror and helpless longing of those times... A piercing book." –Amos Oz

"When such testimony is combined with talent as brilliant as that revealed by Shalom Eilati, and when that talent is guided by an artistic sensibility capable of navigating such a complex story, we are able to see it plainly." –A. B. Yehoshua


In the Struggle

In the Struggle – Memoirs from Grodno and the Forests

Leib Reizer

A memoir of Grodno, and Reizer's successful escape to the forests with his wife and young daughter, where they survived with partisans and in family camps. In riveting prose, he describes ghetto life in Grodno and in Minsk, the liquidation, and his family's escape after he stole guns and ammunition for the partisans in the forests. Reizer's story has a powerful, basic honesty to it, concealing nothing. The book features a foreword by Sir Martin Gilbert.


Search and Research 14: Jewish Children in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Search and Research 14: Jewish Children in Nazi-Occupied Poland – Early Postwar Recollections of Survival and Polish-Jewish Relations During the Holocaust

Joanna Beata Michlic

Through an in-depth textual analysis of eyewitness testimonies, the author reconstructs various categories of child survivors and the ways in which they coped with social relations on the Aryan side in Nazi-occupied Poland, using concepts of "performance" pioneered by Goffman. These testimonies bring a new dimension to issues of betrayal and hostility as well as of sacrifice and dedication, creating a broader view of historical representation through pictures of individuals.

Yad Vashem Studies 36/2

Yad Vashem Studies 36/2

Edited by David Silberklang

This volume focuses on 1938 and the Kristallnacht pogrom, highlighting many of the multiple factors that ultimately brought about the Holocaust. Among them were the murderous conviction of many alongside the indifference of others, and the helplessness of the Jews to determine their fate. Opening with an important article by Havi Dreifuss on the first "civilian" bunker diary from the Warsaw Ghetto, it continues with articles by Anton Weiss-Wendt on Baltic Oil Limited and Jewish forced laborers, Mordechai Altshuler on Jews in the USSR following the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Béla Bodo on provincial antisemitism in Hungary 1919-1921, Göran Leth on reactions to Kristallnacht in the Swedish press, and review articles by Helmut Walser Smith (on Michael Wildt's book on anti-Jewish violence in Germany) and Ruth Braude on Michael Phayer's book about Pope Pius XII.