Portraits in Literature

Portraits in Literature

The Jews of Poland : An Anthology

eBook - 2011
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Finalist in Anthologies and Collections, National Jewish Book Awards - Of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, three million were from Poland. Their literary heritage is a treasure to be preserved, and this lavish anthology gathers together the rich and varied forms of magnificent Jewish life and culture from a Poland that is no more. The book includes memoirs, short stories, poetry, eyewitness reports, fragments of novels, essays, letters, folk tales, and humor. The work of writers - both Jewish and Polish, prominent and new - presents a true, valid, rich, and compelling panorama of life as it was. Historically informative, heartbreaking, poignant, and amusing, the book speaks in many voices: those of women, children, and survivors. It is an exceptionally broad range of literature which paints a rich panorama of life before, during, and following the Holocaust, ending with tales of hope and renewal in new centers of Jewish life. With every emotion sensitively and skillfully explored, this anthology will fascinate Jewish and non-Jewish readers, shedding light on the origins and roots of contemporary Jewry in the English-speaking world. Meticulous listing of sources and a bibliography will prove fertile ground for students and scholars alike.

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This selected anthology of works by and about Jews in Poland provides a window into the everyday lives, personal and political travails, and eventual tragedy experienced by people that were, at once an integral part, and perpetual outsiders to Polish society. Arranged chronologically and thematically, the first section of the volume presents older historical documents describing Jewish life and characters, from weddings to important rabbis, including folk tales, poems and memoirs. The second portion of the work describes the war years and is divided into sections discussing the ghettos, children, resistance and the writings of non-Jews who worked to save their neighbors. The final section of the work presents nine selections from post war and contemporary writers highlighting the resilience of the Polish-Jewish culture and its hopes for the future. Entries include excerpts from novels, memoirs, essays, poetry and short stories and a small collection of black and white plates is provided. Editor Ben-Zvi is the former director of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and the author of several books on Jewish themes and subjects. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Middlesex, UK ; Portland, Oregon : Vallentine Mitchell ; [London] : in association with the European Jewish Publication Society, Ă2011
ISBN: 9780853038467
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxix, 331 pages :) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Ben-Zvi, Hava


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