The establishment and liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto has become an icon of the Holocaust experience. Remarkably, a full history of the Ghetto has never been written, despite the publication over some sixty years of numerous memoirs, studies, biographical accounts, and primary documents. The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City is this history, researched and written with painstaking care and devotion over many years and now published for the first time in English.
The authors explore the history of the ghetto’s evolution, the actual daily experience of its thousands of inhabitants from its creation in 1940 to its liquidation following the uprising of 1943. Encyclopedic in scope, the book encompasses a range of topics from food supplies to education, religious activities to the Jundenrat’s administration. Separate chapters deal with the mass deportations to Treblinka and the famous uprising. A series of original maps, along with biographies, a glossary, and a bibliography, completes this masterful work.
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Barbara Engelking is professor and chief of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Jacek Leociak is head of the Research Team for Holocaust Literature Study at the Institute for Literary Researches, Polish Academy of Sciences. Both authors live in Warsaw.Review:
“A pathbreaking, original contribution to the Holocaust literature. These gifted scholars have succeeded in synthesizing complex evidence into a new and comprehensive tapestry of ghetto life.”—Nechama Tec, author of Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust
"Engelking and Leociak collect an astonishing amount of unpublished material. They give a full picture of daily life in the ghetto such as has never been attempted before."—Walter Laqueur, editor of The Holocaust Encyclopedia
“Presenting an astonishing amount of information, carefully evaluated and usefully organized, The Warsaw Ghetto is not only a lasting guide to a great Jewish city, it is a monument to contemporary Polish scholarship, on which it draws so heavily, and a moving memorial to the nearly half a million Jews who at one time or another suffered in one of the Germans' most grotesque creations during the Second World War.”—Toronto Globe & Mail (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Finalist in the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust Category sponsored by the Jewish Book Council (National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust Category Finalist Jewish Book Council)
"It is a major achievement that this encyclopedia-like work also has an epic character, traces the fates of individual people, is full of emotions and empathy, and presents the entire diversity of Warsaw Jewry...No historical library, either private or public, can be complete without this volume. No scholar can work on the history of the Warsaw ghetto or the Holocaust in Poland without using this book, which, most certainly, will not be replaced by anything better for many years to come."--Piotr Wróbel, Slavic Review (Piotr Wróbel Slavic Review)
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