Out on a Ledge: Enduring the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Beyond

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An account of one woman s uncommon resourcefulness and perseverance, Out on a Ledge uncovers some of the secrets of Jewish suffering and survival in the twentieth century. Related in her plainspoken voice, it will be of considerable interest both to scholars and the general public. This book owes much to a recently opened trove of documents on the Holocaust, 150 million pages that were digitized and made accessible to researchers by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Fred Rosenbaum was among an international team of twelve scholars assembled by the USHMM to examine and analyze the archive in the summer of 2009. It revealed a great deal of information about Eva Libitzky and her times. Original documents, including transport lists, medical records, and identity cards will be reproduced in the appendix of this volume.

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Eva Libitzky was born and raised as a Gerer Chasid in Lodz, Poland, where she was confined by the Nazis for four and a half years in Europe s most impenetrable and longest-lasting ghetto. She was later tortured at Auschwitz-Birkenau, enslaved in the Oederan munitions factory, and quarantined in Theresienstadt during a typhus epidemic. In 1946, she married Martin Libitzky in a DP camp near Munich. After immigrating to America, the Libitzkys lived in Connecticut from 1949-1991, and currently reside in South Florida where Eva speaks in schools about her wartime experiences. The couple has three children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

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(Eva's) journey was long and painful, but its telling is honest and piercing, unsentimental and yet deeply moving. --MICHAEL BERENBAUM, Founding Director United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Professorof Theology, American Jewish University

...a richly nuanced book that demonstrates her strength, courage, and luck during the Final Solution and her resiliency. We are lucky to have it. --DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University; author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier

Eva Libitzky s personal story of a teenaged Chasidic daughter who survives the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and other Nazi German concentration camps opens a valuable window with frank discussion of the traumas and stresses of suffering and survival. Co-author Fred Rosenbaum s research and extensive interviews with Eva and other survivors flesh out and detail her recollections. The memoir concludes with the moving struggle to build a new life in freedom in America. --ROBERT MOSES SHAPIRO, Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College; translator and editor of Isaiah Trunk s authoritative Lodz Ghetto: A History

...a richly nuanced book that demonstrates her strength, courage, and luck during the Final Solution and her resiliency. We are lucky to have it. --DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University; author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier

Eva Libitzky s personal story of a teenaged Chasidic daughter who survives the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and other Nazi German concentration camps opens a valuable window with frank discussion of the traumas and stresses of suffering and survival. Co-author Fred Rosenbaum s research and extensive interviews with Eva and other survivors flesh out and detail her recollections. The memoir concludes with the moving struggle to build a new life in freedom in America. --ROBERT MOSES SHAPIRO, Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College; translator and editor of Isaiah Trunk s authoritative Lodz Ghetto: A History

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