Synopses & Reviews
In the years after World War II, Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who had made their way to the Americas and Israel compiled memorial books to preserve the memory of their destroyed communities.
From a Ruined Garden gathers some 77 selections from the nearly 1,000 memorial books published since World War II. The texts describe daily life in the shtetl as well as everyday life during the Holocaust and the experiences of returning survivors. The comprehensive bibliography of memorial books and gazetteer of place names in this updated, expanded edition are indispensable resources for genealogical research. A new introduction by the editors illuminates the history of the memorial book genre and its importance for the construction of memory culture through the response of Holocaust survivors.