Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research has recently published a number of new books in English which reveal new insights from unique perspectives into various aspects of the Shoah.
Gates of Tears: The Holocaust in the Lublin District
The book examines the Shoah in the Lublin District, an area central to Nazi anti-Jewish policy. Its analysis traces forced population movements and forced labor, constants in German policy, the bitter early memory of which influenced Jews’ later actions. Many hid or fled the deportations to death camps and forced labor, fearing an extreme return of earlier experience, unable to grasp the “Final Solution”. Lublin was a contradictory district – few ghettos yet little survival; Jews could not affect their collective fate. As Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Talmud wrote in a last letter, no hope remained “only the gates of tears have not been locked before us”.
Prelude to Mass Murder: The Pogrom in Iaşi, Romania, June 29, 1941 and Thereafter
June 29, 1941. The beginning of the murder of about 15,000 Jews in Iaşi in riots instigated by the fascist Romanian regime of Ion Antonescu. This was but a prelude to the genocide of the Jews of Romania. The thousands of Jews who remained alive in the city were crowded into two “death trains” and deported, with most dying of hunger and thirst. Based on rich documentation, the book recreates the events from the Jewish viewpoint.
Europe in the Eyes of Survivors of the Holocaust
Editors: Zeev Mankowitz, David Weinberg, Sharon Kangisser Cohen
In what sense was the European heritage responsible for Jewish cultural and intellectual development? How could one describe the events of the Holocaust? Was there a future for Jews in a reconstructed Europe? A group of scholars suggests a more nuanced view by examining the perspectives of ten survivors – philosophers, activists, and memoirists – whose attitudes towards the European past were characterized by conflicting feelings of alienation and attraction.