Lodz Ghetto: Inside a Community Under Siege

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Here, in their own words and photographs, is the record of life within the longest surviving concentration of Jewish in Nazi Europe. Tirelessly gathered from sources around the world they are presented here in a powerful, flowing history of the decimation of a city. Lodz Ghetto has been cited as the most focused and penetrating look at Jewish life within the Holocaust. Its writers cling to the best of human nature, while doomed by its bestiality.

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Established in 1983, the Jewish Heritage Project has become the leading organization in the United States which is dedicated to the development of works of literature related to Jewish history and culture. Is there any value closer to the best of Jewish culture than perpetuating the memory of our older generations through the publication of literature describing their times to the younger generations which follow us? Young writers and editors, with real acumen in publishing, come under the Project's support to work with the older writers, bringing their long-term book projects to fruition. Better Than Gold, by Fannie Silver, is the first such book to be published under the project's own imprint.

We are placing an urgent priority on the discovery, development and publication of books related to our Jewish Heritage before their authors die, taking with them the accounts they have written of Jewish life in Europe, and of its transplantation here. The Project is currently launching an intensive program to assist Holocaust survivors bring their memoirs to completion and publication. Also available from Jewish Heritage:

The Diary of David Sierakowiak
After the liberation of the Lodz Ghetto, David Sierakowiak's notbooks were found stacked on a cookstove, ready to be burned for heat. Young Sierakowiak was one of more than 60,000 Jews who perished in that notorious urban slave camp, a man-made hell which was the longest surviving concentration of Jews in Nazi Europe. The diary comprises a remarkable legacy left to humanity by its teenage author. It is one of the most fastidiously detailed accounts ever rendered of modern life in human bondage. The luxury of life was never returned to David, but a new awareness of it richness can be our reward for reading the diary of this brilliantly and brutally deprived young human being.

Better Than Gold: An Immigrant Family's First Years In Brooklyn
"Better Than Gold" by Fannie Silver is a lovely, richly illustrated book with dozens of authentic period photos from the Jacob Riis Collection of the Museum of the City of New York or from the Brooklyn Collection of the Brooklyn Public Library. The mood is cheerful and optimistic. The resilience of the narrator and her family reflect the courage all immigrants brought to making a life here in New York.

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Alan Adelson is the producer and codirector of the film Lodz Ghetto. He is a writer of journalism and fiction whose work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. Robert Lapides is Professor of English at the City University of New York, and is the founding editor of Hudson River magazine. Geoffry Hartman is Professor of Comparitive Literature and English, and Project Director, Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. Marek Web is the Chief Arichivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Lodz Ghetto was developed by the Jewish Heritage Project.

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