At the Mercy of Strangers: Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Overview

At the Mercy of Strangers is an important addition to Holocaust literature for a number of reasons. It is a document about the survival of a woman and her two children. As a firsthand account of survival during the Holocaust, it is worth reading. It also documents how Polish friends, acquaintances, and even strangers helped ensure the survival of one Jewish family during the bleak days of the Holocaust. These acts of bravery by individuals and families, at grave risk to themselves, are fully documented here, with...

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Overview

At the Mercy of Strangers is an important addition to Holocaust literature for a number of reasons. It is a document about the survival of a woman and her two children. As a firsthand account of survival during the Holocaust, it is worth reading. It also documents how Polish friends, acquaintances, and even strangers helped ensure the survival of one Jewish family during the bleak days of the Holocaust. These acts of bravery by individuals and families, at grave risk to themselves, are fully documented here, with names, incidents, and places.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889628564
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press NY
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

The translator and editor of this book, Simcha Simchovitch, is an award-winning Canadian Jewish poet, novelist, teacher, and scholar. He was the librarian and curator at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, Ontario. Among his previous publications are Selected Poems, The Remnant, and The Song That Never Died: The Poetry of Mordecai Gebirtig. He received numerous awards, most recently the prestigious J. I. Segal Award in 2004 and the Canadian Jewish Book Award in 2004.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 War 5
2 In Occupied Warsaw 11
3 Flight From Sadurki 18
4 The Otwock Ghetto 24
5 In My Sister's House 28
6 In and Out of the Ghetto 32
7 The Karczew Camp 37
8 On the Run Again 42
9 Back in Sadurki 46
10 Tema's Tale 50
11 Tema's Death 58
12 At the Mercy of Strangers 62
13 My New Saviour 66
14 Zosia and Stasiek 71
15 Saved by a Dog 75
16 Out of Luck 80
17 In Search of a New Home 84
18 Stasiek's Adventures 89
19 In the House of The Chief 93
20 We Survived 98
Glossary 102
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