The Gurs Haggadah: Passover in Perdition by Morgernstern Naomi Gutterman, Bella Gutterman, Naomi Morgenstern |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Gurs Haggadah: Passover in Perdition

The Gurs Haggadah: Passover in Perdition

by Morgernstern Naomi Gutterman, Bella Gutterman, Naomi Morgenstern
     
 
This is the first book in English on the Gurs Concentration Camp in France. The Editors work for Yad Vashem, the world renown Holocaust Museum and publisher of Holocaust books and material. They themselves survived the Gurs Concentration Camp. Photographs and illustrations of the Gurs Camp featured throughout. Reproduction of the hand written Haggadah by the

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This is the first book in English on the Gurs Concentration Camp in France. The Editors work for Yad Vashem, the world renown Holocaust Museum and publisher of Holocaust books and material. They themselves survived the Gurs Concentration Camp. Photographs and illustrations of the Gurs Camp featured throughout. Reproduction of the hand written Haggadah by the rabbi of Gurs who pieced the service together from memory by one of the community leaders and edited by the Rabbi of Gurs.

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Children's Literature
Less well known than the concentration and extermination camps of Europe are detention camps such as Gurs, in France near its Spanish border. Although mass killings were not carried in these camps, mass deaths did occur from the familiar scourges of hunger, disease, overwork and brutality. Nevertheless, in these horrendous circumstances, the Gurs Camp was a center of culture and art by and for its mostly Jewish inhabitants. Encouraged to observe their religion by their captors as a way of "dampening their feelings of resentment and frustration," the inmates set up services, concerts, art exhibits and the ultimate experience: A complete Passover Seder in the Jewish year 5701, or 1941. For this occasion, the book of the Order of the Seder, the Haggadah, was hand written on stencils with a sharpened stone from memory by the resident rabbi, Yehudah Ansbacher, then sent into the city to be duplicated. Reprinted in its entirety in this book, the Haggadah includes only one mistake, and its last pages of songs are typed in Roman characters rather than hand-written in Hebrew because time ran out as the holiday approached. Reading this book is a memorable experience of participation in the courageous resilience of the humans who suffered under most desperate circumstances while yet observing their deepest spiritual feelings. Artwork, done by camp inmates, most of whom perished later at Auschwitz, is included. 2003, Devora Publishing and Yad Vashem, Ages 12 up.
— Judy Chernak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930143333
Publisher:
Simcha Media Group
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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