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Words to Outlive Us: Eyewitness Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This collective memoir--a mosaic of individual diaries, journals, and accounts--follows the fate of the Warsaw Jews from the first bombardments of the Polish capital to the razing of the Jewish district: the frantic exchange of apartments as the walls first go up; the daily battle against starvation and disease; the moral ambiguities confronting Jewish bureaucracies under ...more
Paperback, 493 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Picador (first published October 2nd 2002)
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A harrowing but excellent collection of contemporary accounts of the struggle for survival in the face of a genocidal enemy. Many of the diaries (people from all walks of life caught in a single nightmare) presented are the only record left of those who were slaughtered in the death camps or who were murdered in Warsaw. The collection captures on a very human level the sense of despair and helplessness, it also records some of the best and worst in humanity. It brings to life the terror of livin ...more
This is a fine collection of accounts, most of which have never been previously published, that really gave me the sense of what it was like to live and fight and die in the Warsaw ghetto. The writers were a wide variety of people -- mostly Jews of course, but there were some gentiles, and even one young child -- and there were biographical sketches revealing details of each person's life and fate, if known. Recommended for scholarly Holocaust collections.
V.G. Grace
In Michal Grynberg's mindblowing work "Words To Outlive Us: Eyewitness Accounts of the Warsaw Ghetto", he presents the reader with a disturbing collection of testimonies written by Jews during the infamous days of Nazi-occupied Poland.

The stories collected here are all true and written by Jewish people, both survivor and victim, bearing witness to the tragedies inflicted upon their community by the vicious Nazi regime.

Ripped out of their homes, nearly all of their possessions, including furnitur
This book was recommended by author Gwen Edelman in her article, "The Jews and the Second World War: A Reading List", on the This author recommends a list of books: "the most powerful & the most meaningful" on "the fate on the Jews during the Second World War." Here is the link: (
Carly Pakenas
This was a very good book, however it was a tough book to comprehend because it had hard words and a very deep meaning. Maybe highschool level. Other than that, i suggest a reader to have plenty of background knowledge on Holocaust before reading this because it won't make sense if you don't have schema. :D
Spook Harrison
I wish this book could be standard reading for kids learning about the Holocaust in High School. The truth, these accounts from the ghetto, change one's perspective and what one can remember about the war. This is education.
Carey Combe
When I'm feeling a smug or happy - I read a few pages, brings me down to earth with a bump
Eric Sondermann
Powerful. Beautifully put together.
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