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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Wiktoria Śliwowska (ed.) The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak

Wiktoria Śliwowska (ed.) The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak

(p.503) Wiktoria Śliwowska (ed.) The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Joshua D. Zimmerman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter showcases the accounts of child survivors in Nazi-occupied Poland, as written in The Last Eyewitnesses. The accounts all follow a similar format, beginning with a discussion of pre-war family background, continuing with harrowing tales of wartime survival, and concluding with a section on the survivor’s experiences in post-war Poland. The consistent format makes the collection a particularly useful tool for scholarly analysis as well as for classroom use. The testimonies depict the life of Jewish children from all regions of inter-war Poland, both urban and rural, in a wide variety of settings in Nazi-occupied Poland: in hiding, in ghettos, in the camps, in the forests. In addition, a full range of family backgrounds is represented, from those who came from assimilated families and had been raised in a Polish milieu to those from Yiddish-speaking Orthodox backgrounds.

Keywords:   book review, The Last Eyewitnesses, child survivors, Holocaust, Nazi-occupied Poland, wartime survival, survivors’ experiences, post-war Poland, inter-war Poland

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