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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: 0395822955 / ISBN 13: 9780395822951
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first printing. Brown cloth spine, beige boards, map endpapers, photo supplement. Near fine, unread copy in very good DJ in Mylar with slight shelfwear. 269 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6032

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Title: Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Today the word "shtetl" (Yiddish for "small town") summons only hazy associations: images of Chagall-like crooked streets and glowing Sabbath dinners on one hand, of pogroms and brutal Cossacks on the other. In the artful hands of Eva Hoffman, Shtetl brings this lost world back to life, mining the deep rifts in Polish-Jewish relations in the small town of Bransk. With penetrating intelligence and a compassionate eye, Hoffman describes the culture and conflicts that influenced Christian villagers' decisions to conceal or betray Jewish neighbors when the Nazis invaded.


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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