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Poland's Jewish Heritage (Hippocrene Insider's Guides) Paperback – June 1, 1992

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870529919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870529917
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,339,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on March 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book features an extensive alphabetically ordered list of Polish cities and towns, each of which has a 1-4 (or so) set of paragraphs summarizing the Jewish history of that city or town. Especially featured is the destruction of the local Jewish community during the German-made Holocaust, and further special attention is devoted to the fate of Jewish cultural objects to this day. The Germans did not destroy everything. Usually, cemeteries and synagogues are all that have survived.

To aid the reader, this book also has an introductory set of pages summarizing the Jewish history in Poland. There is also a list of Polish Jews who were notable historians, cantors, poets, musicians, etc. A set of maps shows important towns, Poland before and after WWII, the sites and layouts of the Nazi German death camps, etc. A chronology lists important events in the centuries of Poland's Jewry.

Kagan (p. 25) supposes that there are only, at most, about 10,000 Jews left in Poland. The actual total is at least several times that many. In fact, some estimates suggest that 50,000 Jewish infants were saved by being raised by Polish parents. Every day, more Poles discover their Jewish roots.
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