From A Ruined Garden / Edition 2

From A Ruined Garden / Edition 2

by Jack Kugelmass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253211875

ISBN-13: 9780253211873

Pub. Date: 07/01/1998

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"An indispensable sourcebook... Emphasis falls on the variegated, often joyful, culture of the Polish Jews, on what existed before the garden was ruined." —Geoffrey Hartmann, The New Republic

"From these marvelous selections, one can see an entire culture unfolding." —Curt Leviant, New York Times Book Review

"This newly revised version of the classic

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"An indispensable sourcebook... Emphasis falls on the variegated, often joyful, culture of the Polish Jews, on what existed before the garden was ruined." —Geoffrey Hartmann, The New Republic

"From these marvelous selections, one can see an entire culture unfolding." —Curt Leviant, New York Times Book Review

"This newly revised version of the classic study... is a pleasure for the eye and the soul! One of the seminal studies of the impact of the Shoah on European Jewry, it is even more moving in its new incarnation than in its original version. More than a collection of studies of books of remembrance and mourning, this volume asks how one can mourn for a world lost and still live in the present and the future." —Sander L. Gilman

"Kugelmass and Boyarin have done a splendid job of combing the vast memorial book literature to select the most revealing accounts of Jewish life in interbellum Poland. Ordinary people speak in this volume with an immediacy and poignancy that cannot help but touch the reader. In the time since it first appeared, From a Ruined Garden has become a classic. Its reappearance in an updated and expanded form is most welcome." —Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

"In this magnificent collection, the editors combine a profound ‘feel’ for the vanished world of Polish Jewry, the anthologist’s skill at selecting the telling example, and the anthropologist’s sophisticated understanding of how these testimonies should be read. A marvelous introduction to this rich literature." —Peter Novick

Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust compiled memorial books to preserve the memory of their destroyed communities. They describe daily life in the shtetl as well as everyday life during the Holocaust and the experiences of returning survivors. These memories paint a haunting picture of a way of life lost forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253211873
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Series:
Indiana Holocaust Museum Reprint Series
Edition description:
Second Expanded Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Our Towns
What Is a Pinkes?51
The Court of the Plyaters53
At the Market58
Novoyelne64
The Twenty-first of Adar: The Great Day65
The Burial Society68
Girls' Kheyders70
Anarchist Activities72
The Struggle for the Right to Work76
Light and Shadow79
The Jewish Porters of Warsaw81
When Anti-Semitism Raged87
Sports Clubs and Self-Defense88
The Last Meeting of the Community Council in Kutno91
Townspeople
The Blind Cantor97
Reb Moyshe-Yudl, the Traveling Tailor99
Ayzikl the Bachelor101
Zabalye the Coachwoman101
The Mute103
Esther-Khaye the Zogerin ["Sayer"]104
Tall Libe106
Reb Dvoyre Mash107
Crazy Sora108
Shloyme-Akive, the Town Fool109
Alter, the Village Peddler111
The Kozhenitser Rebe113
Lifeways
Customs, Symbols, and Ceremonies119
The Healer in Bilgoray122
The Town's New Torah Scroll124
The Angry Dance125
A Disrupted Seder Night126
A Purim in the Region of Sants129
The Death of the Bukovsker Rebe, Dovid Shapiro131
Concerning the Opponents of Hasidism in Lizhensk132
A Strike in Kheyder133
My "Days" in Slonim135
From American Universities to the Polish Yeshivas138
The First Yiddish Library140
My Grandmother Sews Her Own Burial Shroud141
Events
The Butchers of Zhirardov Commission a Torah Scroll145
The Righteousness of Revolutionaries146
The Ruined Wedding148
The First Suicide in Town150
A Hasidic Demonstration152
The Dispute Over the Succession to the Rabbinate154
An Escape from Certain Death158
A Murder in the Forest160
The Pogrom in 1936162
A Communist Assembly Elects a Zionist as Representative164
Jewish Fighters on the Battlefields of Spain166
Legends and Folklore
The Ancestors' Merit and the Blessings of Laughter171
Three Parables of the Dubner Magid173
The Slaughtering Knife and the Saw174
Khayim-Yisroel Melamed and the Kozhenitser Magid175
In Khorostkov During the First World War179
Dear God!182
Holocaust
A Final Moral Lesson189
The Typhus Epidemic and a Wedding at the Cemetery192
How I Read Yiddish Literature to an S.S. Captain195
Terror in Vishnevits198
The Families in the Bunkers200
How I Hid Twelve Jews203
Wanderings of a Child204
My Escape from the Ditches of Slaughter208
Passover: Under the Rule of Hitlerite Tyranny212
I Was a German "Soldier"218
The Capture of Girls225
Kol Nidre in Auschwitz231
The Transport from Auschwitz234
Return
Searching for the Life That Was243
Belkhatov Without Jews244
My Tragic Night in Zhelekhov246
A Visit to My Town of Bilgoray248
End of Sentence249
The City Without Jews254
In the Tracks of the Jewish Life That Disappeared262
The Townspeople Abroad
The Landsmanshaft in Montreal: Book of Memory to the Jewish Community of Shebreshin269
Appendix IBibliography of Eastern European (Yizkor) Memorial Books
Appendix IIGeographic Index and Gazetteer

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