Christians in the Warsaw Ghetto: An Epitaph for the Unremembered

Peter F. Dembowski

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BRAND NEW, Christians in the Warsaw Ghetto: An Epitaph for the Unremembered, Peter F. Dembowski, During the early 1940s some 5,000 Christians of Jewish origin lived in the Warsaw Ghetto. In this remarkable book, which combines both memoir and historical analysis, Peter F. Dembowski describes their fate. He also brings to light the little known fact that within the Warsaw Ghetto were fully functioning Christian churches, including at first three and later two Roman Catholic parishes. Dembowski contends that Nazi ideology, particularly the Nuremberg Laws, destroyed the distinction between anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism. Jews were defined by, and persecuted because of, their race rather than their religious beliefs. As a member of a family of Christianized Jews with many friends who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto, Dembowski offers a rich portrait of Jewish Christians and their fate in the Ghetto. An interesting aspect of his account is his description of Jewish views toward Christian converts. Dembowski stresses the historical importance of counting baptized, practicing Christians among Jews in the Ghetto, as well as their difficult social situation within the Ghetto. At the same time, he is sensitive to the pain that Christian conversion caused both secular and religious Jews. This unique narrative offers a nuanced portrayal of its subject and adds an important dimension to Holocaust studies. It will be welcomed by general readers and scholars alike. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: During the early 1940s, some five thousand Christians of Jewish origin lived in the Warsaw ghetto. In this remarkable book, which combines both memoir and historical analysis, Peter F. Dembowski describes their fate. He also brings to light the little known fact that within the Warsaw ghetto were fully functioning Christian churches, including at first three and later two Roman Catholic parishes.
"Professor Dembowski, a veteran of the Warsaw Uprising, draws upon personal recollection, archival material, and other works unavailable in English, in this moving account of a forgotten aspect of Holocaust history. As Professor Dembowski notes, this little book on the 'Jewish-Christian communities' of the Warsaw ghetto is a 'microhistory' —'a small part of the far larger tragedy of the Warsaw ghetto and of the entire Shoah.' But it is only through such small parts that we can begin to grasp the evil of the whole. Some of the Jewish Christians in the Warsaw ghetto were recent converts; others were descended from ancestors who had become Christians generations before. All were Jewish under Nazi law. Professor Dembowski's account of how the Jewish Christians perceived themselves, and how they were perceived by others, will be of interest, not only to students of the Shoah, but to all who are interested in law, religion, culture, and the construction of identity. Indeed, this is a book for anyone who appreciates the complexity of the human condition and the resourcefulness of the human spirit." —Barry Sullivan, Fulbright Professor, University of Warsaw and Partner, Jenner & Block, Chicago "This book is a profound testimony to the complexity of life under the most extreme circumstances. It is a deeply moving piece of writing." —Michael A. Signer, Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture and Director of the Notre Dame Holocaust Project, University of Notre Dame

About the Author: PETER F. DEMBOWSKI is Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, Dembowski was involved in the underground activities of the Polish Home Army and participated in the Polish uprising. He was twice a prisoner of the Germans—first at the infamous prison known as Pawiak, where comrades bribed corrupt Gestapo officials to win his freedom, and later at Stalag XB Sandbostel, where he remained until the prison was liberated by the British. Upon liberation, Dembowski joined the Polish Army in the West. For his war service, he was decorated twice with the Polish Cross of Valor and the Silver Service Cross with Swords.

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