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Title The last eyewitnesses : children of the Holocaust speak / edited by Wiktoria Śliwowska ; translated from the Polish and annotated by Julian and Fay Bussgang ; postscript by Jerzy Ficowski.

Published Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5318083 LAST  v.1    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Dzieci Holocaustu mówią. English.
Physical description xv, 352 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Jewish lives.
Jewish lives.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents From Central Poland. Marianna Adameczek. Jerzy Aleksandrowicz. Aleksandra Berlowicz. Krystyna Budnicka. Krystyna Chudy. Emanuel Elbinger. Pola Elbinger. Maria Feldhorn. Jadwiga Fiszbain-Tokarz. Jerzy Frydman. Henryk Ryszard Gantz. Michal Glowinski. Barbara Gora. Maria Greber. Joanna Kaltman. Maria Kaminska. Robert Kulka. Maria Leszczynska Ejzen. Henryk Lewandowski. Henoch Rafael Lisak. Eugenia Magdziarz. Zofia Majewska. Katarzyna Meloch. Hanna Mesz. Krystyna Nowak. Ludwik Oppenheim. Wiktoria Sliwowska. Anna Irena Trojanowska-Kaczmarska. Sabina Wylot. Maria Teresa Zielinska -- From Prewar Eastern Poland. Leszek Leon Allerhand. Helena Choynowska (Alter). Karol Galinski. Hanka Grynberg. Karolina Heuman. Lena Kaniewska. Maria Kraft. Roman Lewin. Regina Loss-Fisior. Marek Teichmann. Chuwcia Weicher. Malwina Wollek -- From the Camps. Jakub Gutenbaum. Jan Kac-Kaczynski. Zofia Lubinska. Bronka Niedzwiecka. Mieczyslaw Rudnicki. Marek Sznajderman. Stefan Wroclawski -- The Youngest.
Marian Bobrzyk. Felicia Braun Bryn. Jerzy Cyns. Jerzy Dolebski. Elzbieta Ficowska. Henryk Hajwentreger. Krystyna Kalata-Olejnik. Maria Kosowicz-Bartnik. Zenobia Krzyzanowska. Maria Ochlewska. Hanna Raicher. Aleksandra Rozengarten. Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel. Zygmunt Wolf. Irena Wojcik. Wilhelm Zienowicz.
Summary This book provides an extraordinary new perspective on the lives of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust in Poland and remained there after the war. These testimonies, submitted by individual authors and not originally intended for publication, were assembled as a historical record by the Association of the Children of the Holocaust in Poland. The accounts are personal, unpretentious, and direct. Collectively, they tell far more than can be gotten from the story of one individual.
The Last Eyewitnesses differs from other contributions to Holocaust literature in many ways. First, these accounts have a great immediacy as the subjects continue live in the country where their experiences took place; they are not looking back at the past from an entirely different world. Second, the book documents the lives of Jewish children in Poland in a wide variety of settings and circumstances, in cities and villages, east and west, north and south, living in crowded ghettos, hiding in fields and attics. Some youngsters endure the brutality of concentration camps, while others are sheltered in loving homes, unaware of the dangers that surround them. Some of the very young learned that they were Jewish only at the deathbed of an adoptive parent. One, unaware of his Jewish heritage, even became a priest.
While the main focus is the writers' wartime experiences, the stories also give glimpses of family background as well as the difficulties faced by Jews during the postwar period.
Finally, while the book confirms some of the painful stories told by others, it also provides an antidote to the stereotypical view of Poles during the war. Mean-spiritedness and brutal anti-Semitism are described inthese accounts, but so are some of the great risks taken by truly courageous individuals in order to save Jewish children.
Historical notes and a glossary provide additional information to help the reader understand the setting in which these events took place, making this book not only absorbing reading but an excellent resource. An index includes original family names of the authors and those they write about, a valuable tool for those searching for relatives.
Other author Śliwowska, Wiktoria.
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Personal narratives.
Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Poland.
Holocaust survivors -- Poland -- Biography.
Jewish children -- Poland -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Poland -- Biography.
Variant Title Children of the Holocaust speak.
ISBN 0810115107 (cloth : alk. paper)
0810115115 (paperback: alk. paper)