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Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Author Richard Hollander was devastated when his parents were killed in an automobile accident in 1986. While rummaging through their attic, he discovered letters from a family he never knew -- his father s mother, three sisters, and their husbands and children. The letters, neatly stacked in a briefcase, were written from Krakow, Poland, between 1939 and 1942. They depict ...more
ebook, 286 pages
Published February 23rd 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 15th 2007)
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When Richard Hollander was going through his parents’ attic after their tragic deaths in a car accident, he found a treasure. Not a monetary one, but a historic and sentimental one - letters written to his father, Joseph, from his father’s family in Cracow, while they tried desperately to escape the coming Holocaust.

Their faces greet us as we open this book. Smiling Dola, who after her estranged husband’s death finds a new love, but must leave her family to be with him. Young Genka, whose laugh
Patrick Oden
Jun 04, 2008 Patrick Oden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare treasures of a book that hardly seems real at first. Primary documents are the foundation of history. For me this is especially true when the documents are not official political or military papers but are instead a reflection of the average person within a certain context or era.

And that is what these are. Every Day Lasts a Year is a collection of letters from Poland to America, from a variety of family members to a young man who had emigrated not long before. These n
Mar 23, 2016 M'Kaylee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book tells us a story of a man burning the holocaust who escapes. Now it also tells the story of his family. Now this book didn't really interest me that much when I started reading it in the library I thought that it was a good find but as I read I had to force myself to read the book. Now don't get me wrong the story was interesting especially how the story progressed with the letters, I just wish it had been more emotions and feeling to it. Now I know that it cou
Bob H
Jul 08, 2015 Bob H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To a historian, the best source is a first-hand account, and in Joseph Hollander's trove of letters, written by family members lost in the Holocaust, is a new and valuable addition to the history of that war. Moreover, this book gives voice to people - to an entire people - the Nazis had sought to remove from all memory. That their words survive is enough: it makes this book a value.

This book is more than a collection of letters from the Krakow ghetto; the editors have thoughtfully provided thre
Jeff Talbott
Jul 26, 2011 Jeff Talbott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that will haunt you, EVERY DAY LASTS A YEAR covers time spent in the ghetto of Krakow, Poland during the Nazi era through the letters one family sent to the US and the son who got away. There is a cumulative effect to the letters that is hard to deny, and a mysterious repetitiveness to the information that drills away at you as you read this correspondence. The letters were discovered decades after they had been sent, and there are no responses, so the reader is left to piece together not ...more
Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence From Poland, by Richard S. Hollander, Christopher R. Browning and Nechama Tec, is an extremely profound and absorbing book, a poignant and excellent documentation of family life during the Holocaust.

Richard S. Hollander’s parents were killed in an automobile accident in 1986. After their death he was looking through their attic, and came across a trunk filled with letters. The letters were from his father’s mother, three sisters, their chi
Thomas Paul
Aug 08, 2013 Thomas Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1986, Richard Hollander's parents died together in a tragic car accident in NY. Among the items he inherited was a box containing letters sent from Poland, the former home of Hollander's father. At first Hollander ignored the letters but at some point as his grief for his parents receded, he realized what he had found. These were letters from his aunts and uncles sent to his father during the the period from 1939 to 1942 from Poland. Since Hollander's Polish relatives were Jews living in Nazi ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique compendium of one side of one Jewish family's correspondence in Poland to their son/brother/brother-in-law who had gotten to New York before the Nazi/Soviet Union invasion of Poland. The correspondence shows the family full of love and humanity -- never complaining despite the ever greater repression that they are subject to. The collection of letters shows the the regularity and ordinariness of these people's lives which is remarkable under the circumstances. Of course, it is a ...more
Mar 31, 2008 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historians for sure, anyone with interest in learning about the Holocaust from a primary source
Recommended to Arlene by: Review in Harpers
Pretty hard to review this book. It is what it is, a compilation of letters written from Cracow by a Jewish family to a son in America. It is an historians goldmine, but takes patience to read through. It is heartbreaking, maddening, and frustrating to read. Much of the story is between the lines, and the editors have made a valiant attempt to fill in some of that for the reader. It might have benefited from more commentary and historical perspective intermingled between the letters, rather than ...more
A collection of letters which gave some depiction of life in Poland for Jews during the second world war. Most of the letters weren't all that interesting to me. The first part of the book told of Joseph's (the son to whom the letters were written) attempts to determine what happened to the rest of his family after the letters ceased to come which was also of some interest although it could have been written in a more readable style. On the whole I was expecting more from the book, but it didn't ...more
Mar 13, 2008 Garryvivianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad, you wished that the letters would have continued to a happier ending.
Nov 06, 2010 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but tedious.
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Christopher Robert Browning recently retired as Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books on Nazism and the Holocaust, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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