The International School for Holocaust Studies
New Yad Vashem Publications
Zvi Asaria-Hermann Helfgott
This is a unique account of the Holocaust and its aftermath by a Jewish Yugoslav army chaplain, based on his wartime diary. The author, PhD, rabbi and Yugoslav army officer during World War II, spent four years in Germany among Yugoslavian Jewish officers who were prisoners of war. With distinct literary skill, the author paints a broad scene of those days and delineates fine-tooled descriptions of the atmosphere that engulfed the captive Jewish officers, Bergen-Belsen after its liberation, and the dreams and struggles of the camp survivors. At every station of his wanderings, he offered encouragement and consolation, celebrated the Jewish holidays, fostered the study of Hebrew and Jewish history and reinforced the survivors’ faith in the destiny of the Jewish People. After liberation, he devoted great effort in the Displaced Persons camps, provided spiritual support and organized survivors for their immigration to the Land of Israel. NIS 110. Order from our Online Store.
Sam and Rachel Boymel
Sam and Rachel separately describe their childhood before the war, then join voices to tell about life after liberation. Sam grew up in Turszysk, Poland (today Turijsk, Ukraine), and witnessed the massacre of his fellow Jews. Rachel narrates how her parents met, being the only girl in the Cheder, and her tendency to dream about the future. Each narrator tells of life in the ghetto, on the run, and in hiding. Life in the DP camp, early family life, struggles to make a life in the USA and success in business after a very rough start are all described in alternating voices. NIS 74. Order from our Online Store.