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The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak

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Titel: The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak

ISBN: 0810115115
EAN: 9780810115118
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Wiktoria Sliwowska
Übersetzt von Julian Bussgang, Fay Bussgang
NORTHWESTERN UNIV PR

Mai 1998 - kartoniert - 352 Seiten

This book provides an extraordinary new perspective on the lives of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust in Poland and remained there after the war. These testimonies, submitted by individual authors and not originally intended for publication, were assembled as a historical record by the Association of the Children of the Holocaust in Poland. The accounts are personal, unpretentious, and direct. Collectively, they tell far more than can be gotten from the story of one individual.The Last Eyewitnesses differs from other contributions to Holocaust literature in many ways. First, these accounts have a great immediacy as the subjects continue live in the country where their experiences took place; they are not looking back at the past from an entirely different world. Second, the book documents the lives of Jewish children in Poland in a wide variety of settings and circumstances, in cities and villages, east and west, north and south, living in crowded ghettos, hiding in fields and attics. Some youngsters endure the brutality of concentration camps, while others are sheltered in loving homes, unaware of the dangers that surround them. Some of the very young learned that they were Jewish only at the deathbed of an adoptive parent. One, unaware of his Jewish heritage, even became a priest.While the main focus is the writers' wartime experiences, the stories also give glimpses of family background as well as the difficulties faced by Jews during the postwar period.Finally, while the book confirms some of the painful stories told by others, it also provides an antidote to the stereotypical view of Poles during the war. Mean-spiritedness and brutal anti-Semitism are described inthese accounts, but so are some of the great risks taken by truly courageous individuals in order to save Jewish children.Historical notes and a glossary provide additional information to help the reader understand the setting in which these events took place, making th
Wiktoria Sliwowska is a historian and professor at the Institute of Polish History at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. A member of the Association of the Children of the Holocaust in Poland, her account is included in this volume. Julian Bussgang, an engineer and entrepreneur, was born in Lwow, Poland, and served during the war in the Free Polish Army. He has lived in the United States since 1949. In the last few years, he and his wife, Fay, have spent a great deal of time in Poland and have become very interested in the small Jewish community that remains there.
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