The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak

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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 ...
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Overview

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 this book not only absorbing reading but an excellent resource. An index includes original family names of the authors and those they write about, a valuable tool for those searching for relatives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810115101
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1998
  • Series: Jewish Lives
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Translators' Note
Foreword
From Central Poland
Marianna Adameczek 3
Jerzy Aleksandrowicz 5
Aleksandra Berlowicz 11
Krystyna Budnicka 17
Krystyna Chudy 22
Emanuel Elbinger 30
Pola Elbinger 37
Maria Feldhorn 42
Jadwiga Fiszbain-Tokarz 45
Jerzy Frydman 48
Henryk Ryszard Gantz 53
Michal Glowinski 56
Barbara Gora 71
Maria Greber 75
Joanna Kaltman 76
Maria Kaminska 84
Robert Kulka 87
Maria Leszczynska Ejzen 91
Henryk Lewandowski 97
Henoch Rafael Lisak 99
Eugenia Magdziarz 105
Zofia Majewska 109
Katarzyna Meloch 111
Hanna Mesz 120
Krystyna Nowak 124
Ludwik Oppenheim 126
Wiktoria Sliwowska 131
Anna Irena Trojanowska-Kaczmarska 141
Sabina Wylot 144
Maria Teresa Zielinska 148
From Prewar Eastern Poland
Leszek Leon Allerhand 153
Helena Choynowska Alter 165
Karol Galinski 169
Hanka Grynberg 176
Karolina Heuman 187
Lena Kaniewska 190
Maria Kraft 191
Roman Lewin 193
Regina Loss-Fisior 200
Marek Teichmann 205
Chuwcia Weicher 206
Malwina Wollek 213
From the Camps
Jakub Gutenbaum 217
Jan Kac-Kaczynski 222
Zofia Lubinska 224
Bronka Niedzwiecka 228
Mieczyslaw Rudnicki 235
Marek Sznajderman 237
Stefan Wroclawski 252
The Youngest
Marian Bobrzyk 257
Felicia Braun Bryn 262
Jerzy Cyns 269
Jerzy Dolebski 271
Elzbieta Ficowska 273
Henryk Hajwentreger 277
Krystyna Kalata-Olejnik 280
Maria Kosowicz-Bartnik 282
Zenobia Krzyzanowska 284
Maria Ochlewska 285
Hanna Raicher 288
Aleksandra Rozengarten 290
Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel 292
Zygmunt Wolf 302
Irena Wojcik 304
Wilhelm Zienowicz 307
Postscript 323
Glossary 327
Historical Notes 331
Subject Index 335
Persons and Places Index 343
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