The Life of Jews in Poland before the Holocaust: A Memoir

The Life of Jews in Poland before the Holocaust: A Memoir

by Ben-Zion Gold
     
 

ISBN-10: 080322222X

ISBN-13: 9780803222229

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Ben-Zion Gold’s memoir brings to life the world of a million Jews in pre-World War II Poland who were later destroyed by the Nazis. Warmly recalling the relationships, rituals, observances, and celebrations, Gold evokes the sense of family and faith that helped him through the catastrophe that followed. With him we experience the life and institutions of the

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Ben-Zion Gold’s memoir brings to life the world of a million Jews in pre-World War II Poland who were later destroyed by the Nazis. Warmly recalling the relationships, rituals, observances, and celebrations, Gold evokes the sense of family and faith that helped him through the catastrophe that followed. With him we experience the life and institutions of the time: the Heder and hooky playing, his encounter with Hassidism, the courtship and marriage of his oldest sister, and the author’s own first inkling of love. And with him, we recapture the memories that made life worth living in the face of disaster, along with the experience of the human capacity for evil that tested and transformed his faith as it devastated his world. Finally, Gold tells of the fate of his family and of his own escape from that fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803222229
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Jewish Radom     1
Home and Family     6
My Father's Marriage and Business     12
My Religious Upbringing     16
Heder     43
My Sisters' Education     55
Yeshiva     59
Jews and Poles     75
Rayzel's Engagement     82
Pinye's Death     86
Finding a Tutor     90
The Beit HaMidrash and the Yeshiva     97
Encounters with Hasidism     103
Musarnikes     117
Bathya's Engagement     124
Love's First Glance     126
Escape to Freedom     129
The Encounter     141
After Liberation     144

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