The Spark of Resistance in Kovno Ghetto & Dachau-Kaufering Concentration Camp

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Under the brutal conditions of the Dachau-Kaufering concentration camp, a handful of young Jews resolved to resist their Nazi oppressors. Their weapons were their words. Beginning with the Soviet occuption of Kovno, the members of Irgun Brith Zion circulated an underground journal, Nitzotz (Spark), in which they debated Zionist politics and laid plans for postwar settlement in Palestine. When the Kovno ghetto was destroyed, several contributors to Nitzotz were deported to the camps of Dachau. Against all odds, they did not lay down their pens. Nitzotz is the only known Hebrew-language publication to have appeared consistently throughout the Nazi occupation anywhere in Europe. Its authors believed that their intellectual defiance would insulate them against the dehumanizing cruelty of the concentration camp and equip them to lead the postwar effort for the physical and spiritual regeneration of European Jewry. Laura Weinrib presents this remarkable document to English readers for the first time. Along with a translation of the five remaining Dachau-Kaufering issues, the book includes an extensive critical introduction. Nitzotz is a testament to the resilience of those struggling for survival.

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While imprisoned by the Nazis at the Dachau-Kaufering concentration camp, members of the Irgun Brith Zion somehow managed to continue to publish an underground Hebrew-language journal, Nitzotz (Spark), in which they debated Zionist politics and plans for the post-war period. This volume, put together by the granddaughter of Shlomo Frenkel Shafir, the editor of Nitzotz, contains English translations of issues 3-7 of Nitzotz, prefaced by an introductory analytical essay on the journal's production and legacy. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780815651611
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 201 pages :) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Nitzotz


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