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The Last Days of the Jerusalem of Lithuania: Chronicles from the Vilna Ghetto and the Camps, 1939-1944

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For five horrifying years in Vilna, the Vilna ghetto, and concentration camps in Estonia, Herman Kruk recorded his own experiences as well as the life and death of the Jewish community of the city symbolically called "The Jerusalem of Lithuania. This unique chronicle includes many recovered pages of Kruk's diaries and provides a powerful eyewitness account of the annihilation of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. This volume includes the Yiddish edition of Kruk's diaries published in 1961 and translated here for the first time, as well as many widely scattered pages of the chronicles, collected here for the first time and meticulously deciphered, translated, and annotated.<P>Kruk describes vividly the collapse of Poland in September, 1939, life as a refugee in Vilna, the manhunt that destroyed most of Vilna Jewry in the summer of 1941, the creation of a ghetto and the persecution and self-rule of the remnants of the "Jerusalem of Lithuania, " the internment of the last survivors in concentration camps in Estonia, and their brutal deaths. Kruk scribbled his final diary entry on September 17, 1944, managing to bury the small, loose pages of his manuscript just hours before he and other camp inmates were shot to death and their bodies burnt on a pyre.<P>Kruk's writings illuminate the tragedy of the Vilna Jews and their courageous efforts to maintain an ideological, social, and cultural life even as their world was being destroyed. To read Kruk's day-by-day account of the unfolding of the Holocaust is to discern the possibilities for human courage and perseverance even in the face of profound fear.

About the Author

Benjamin Harshav is professor emeritus of comparative literature and J. and H. Blaustein Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature, Yale University, and professor emeritus of literary theory, Tel Aviv University. He lives in North Haven, CT.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300044942
Editor:
Harshav, Benjamin
Translator:
Harshav, Barbara
Translator:
Harshav, Barbara
Author:
Kruk, Herman
Author:
Harshav, Barbara
Author:
Harshav, Benjamin
Publisher:
Yivo Institute for Jewish Research
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Concentration camps
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Vilnius
Subject:
Jews -- Persecutions -- Lithuania -- Vilnius.
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Lithuania.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
[no. 582]
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w illus.
Pages:
816
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 2.85 lb

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