The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos during the Holocaust

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A two-volume set.

Seventy years after the outbreak of World War II, most of the European ghettos have still not been systematically researched. This pioneering two-volume encyclopedia gathers data from historical studies, testimonies, and documents dealing with more than 1,100 ghettos throughout Eastern Europe.

This encyclopedia offers detailed entries on the various ghettos into which the Jews of Eastern Europe were confined during the Holocaust. Entries on each ghetto are written by scholars and specialists on their topic and include location, wartime name, and geographical coordinates, and, for the larger ghettos, information on life before World War II and during the Soviet occupation era, German (Nazi) occupation, ghetto structure, institutional life and leadership, terror and killing operations, underground resistance, and the number of survivors at liberation. They also describe the differences between each ghetto and examine the difficulties of daily life in the ghetto, coping strategies, and different forms of resistance.

The first reference book of its kind, The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos during the Holocaust is a valuable resource for diverse disciplines and is supplemented by a special DVD of wartime footage of ghettos filmed in real time during the Holocaust.

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Editorial Reviews

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This comprehensive encyclopedia—researched and compiled under the auspices of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Remembrance Authority) in Jerusalem and edited by Miron (lecturer, Schechter Inst. of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem; editor in chief of Yad Vashem's educational journal Bishvil Hazikaron)—contains close to 1100 entries on the ghettos established in Europe during the period of the Holocaust. Entries are in alphabetical order by the name by which each ghetto was known in the country where it was located (the excellent index and cross-references help those searching under alternative names). A wealth of maps, some hand drawn by residents or officials, and photographs help bring the living and working conditions in the ghettos to life, as does the 75-minute DVD. BOTTOM LINE In May 2009, the first volume of seven of the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 was published by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. That already massive work, with its signed articles, each with its own bibliography, may set a higher level of scholarship than this does, but the quality of the paper and illustrations here, as well as its more accessible organization and unquestionable scholarship, make it an invaluable reference tool for academic and large public libraries. Highly recommended.—Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789653083455
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 1166
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Former Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Guy Miron is currently a lecturer at the Institute and has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University. He is the author of several books, including German Jews in Israel: Memories and Past Images.

Michael Berenbaum is the director of the Sigi Ziering Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics at American Jewish University, where he is also a professor of Jewish Studies. He is the author of several books, including A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors.

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