Warsaw Diary Of Adam Czerniakow

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Adam Czerniakow was a Polish Jew who killed himself on July 23, 1942—on the face of it not an uncommon occurrence in those times. But there is more to the story than the tragic death of one man among so many millions. Czerniakow was for almost three years the chairman of the Warsaw Judenrat—a Jew, devoted to his people, who served as the Nazi-sponsored “mayor” of the Warsaw Ghetto. His personal dealings with the German authorities bring to this daily record of events a depth of knowledge, accuracy of detail, and ...
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Overview

Adam Czerniakow was a Polish Jew who killed himself on July 23, 1942—on the face of it not an uncommon occurrence in those times. But there is more to the story than the tragic death of one man among so many millions. Czerniakow was for almost three years the chairman of the Warsaw Judenrat—a Jew, devoted to his people, who served as the Nazi-sponsored “mayor” of the Warsaw Ghetto. His personal dealings with the German authorities bring to this daily record of events a depth of knowledge, accuracy of detail, and panorama of view that was possible to no other participant in the epic prelude to the final doom of the largest captive Jewish community in Eastern Europe. This secret journal is not only the testimony of an unbearable personal burden but the documentary of the Ghetto’s terminal agony. It is the most important diary to emerge from the Holocaust. “A tale of Kafaesque horror.”—Houston Chronicle. “An astonishing record of desperate adaptation and resilient will.”—The New Leader. “Without parallel.”—Isaiah Trunk, author of Judenrat. “Enormously evocative.”—Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal. “A nightmare Alice-in-Wonderland...intensely dramatic in the aggregate for all the matter-of-factness of individual entries...The Diary of Adam Czerniakow makes a deep, deep impression.”—Peter Osnos, Washington Post.
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Editorial Reviews

Herman Wouk
A major event!
Review Of Higher Education - Peter Osnos
A nightmare Alice-in-Wonderland...intensely dramatic entries. The diary makes a deep, deep impression.
The Wall Street Journal - Dorothy Rabinowitz
Enormously evocative.
Isaiah Trunk
Without parallel.
New Yorker
Meticulously factual and nonetheless moving.
Review Of Higher Education
A nightmare Alice-in-Wonderland...intensely dramatic entries. The diary makes a deep, deep impression.
— Peter Osnos
The New Yorker
Meticulously factual and nonetheless moving.
The Wall Street Journal
Enormously evocative.
— Dorothy Rabinowitz
Washington Post
A nightmare Alice-in-Wonderland...intensely dramatic entries. The diary makes a deep, deep impression.
— Peter Osnos
Wall Street Journal
Enormously evocative.
— Dorothy Rabinowitz
From The Critics
A nightmare Alice-in-Wonderland...intensely dramatic entries. The diary makes a deep, deep impression.
Peter Osnos
Booknews
Reprint of the English version of the Czerniakow diary, which first appeared in a Hebrew translation in 1968. A unique document of the Jewish catastrophe, it encapsulates the constriction of the Warsaw Jews before they were swept away by deportations, and it describes the multiplicity of their problems. The author, who killed himself in 1942 after serving as the Nazi-sponsored "mayor" of the Warsaw Ghetto, recorded not only the testimony of his unbearable personal burden but a documentary of the Ghetto's terminal agony. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566632300
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 1,300,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Raul Hilberg is the author of The Destruction of the European Jews and the foremost historian of the Holocaust. Stanislaw Staron, now deceased, taught political science at the University of Vermont. Josef Kermisz was director of archives at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Highly recommend this book

    To understand the Warsaw ghetto, one must first turn to its leader, Adam Czerniakow. This man did so much for his people while under the Nazi's thumb. The diary displays his inexhaustible and relentless energy and devotion to help his community while refusing to conform to Nazi rule. A compassionate Czerniakow weeps for the ghetto children. When the Nazis ask him to hand over the children for deportation, he commits suicide. The diary of Adam Czerniakow is a tragic story. It is detailed and heart wrenching with a view no other participant can offer. This is a must read for anyone interested in what really happened in WW II.

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