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Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews

Hoffman, Eva

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ISBN 10: 0395924871 / ISBN 13: 9780395924877
Published by Mariner Books / houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass., 1998
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town ...

Publisher: Mariner Books / houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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An unforgettable evocation of the lost world of Polish Jewry, Shtetl is a "beautifully written" (Village Voice) mining of the deep rifts in Polish-Jewish relations in the small town of Bransk. With understanding and sensitivity, Shtetl limns the culture that influenced Christian villagers' decisions to conceal or betray Jewish neighbors when the Nazis invaded. A New York Times Notable Book.


Relations between Jews and Poles were troubled even before World War II began, writes Eva Hoffman in this powerful memoir of life under Nazi occupation. Dealings between the groups were no easier with the arrival of a common enemy, who exploited longstanding anti-Semitism to destroy the inhabitants of both city and shtetl, the rural Eastern European small town that stood as "the site of the Jewish soul." This extraordinary account of cultures in conflict has led to much discussion--even controversy--in Europe. Hoffman's vigorously defended view of Poland's role in the Holocaust will doubtless generate debate elsewhere.

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