"The Jews of Poland between the World Wars come alive in this photographic essay in all their diversities....One imagines that Polish Jewry would have wanted to be remembered thus -- looking out to the camera and the world beyond."
-- Ruth R. Wisse
"Reveals a vibrantly rich kaleidoscope of life using many great photographs, some known, others never seen before. A volume to read, to study, to treasure."
-- Cornell Capa
"Beautifully balanced to serve the fascinating truth of a civilization that vanished into the darkest folds of history....All this seems so distant and yet so familiar, for although they are gone, they are family, and it was just yesterday."
-- Mark Helprin
"A poignant and visually beautiful reconstitution of the varied, culturally rich, and endlessly fascinating lost world of Polish Jews. Reading it makes one glow with pride."
-- Louis Begley
"If you're Jewish and looking for your roots and the world of your grandfathers, this is the book for you. If you're not Jewish, but just curious, this book is for you....It can take you on a voyage into a world that vanished in the gas and smoke of the Holocaust."
-- Lucy S. Dawidowicz
"One of the most extraordinary photographic histories ever assembled....An entire people and culture, now gone from the face of the earth, comes forth from its pages with an animation and vitality so powerful that the tragedy of the end of Polish Jewry seems for a moment, miraculously suspended."
-- Simon SchamaFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lucjan Dobroszycki is the editor of The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto and the author of Reptile Journalism: The Official Polish Language Press Under the Nazis, 1939-1945. He is Professor of History at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Yeshiva University.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Professor of Performance Studies and Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Past president of the American Folklore Society, she is a Research Associate of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Published in cooperation with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.From the Trade Paperback edition.