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The Death of the Shtetl
by Yehuda Bauer
In this book, Yehuda Bauer, an internationally acclaimed Holocaust historian, describes the destruction of small Jewish townships, the shtetls, in what was the eastern part of Poland by the Nazis in 1941–1942. Bauer brings together all available documents, testimonies, and scholarship, including previously unpublished material from the Yad Vashem archives, pertaining to n ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Yale University Press
(first published 2009)
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This was a dry read but it is an academic book so you wouldn't expect it to read like a novel. I read it for several reasons, one of which was trying to gain an understanding of what life had been like in the schtetl and what had been lost by their destruction, which the author points out started with the Russian Revolution. Having visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and seen how the Chornobyl Synagogue had been used by the army this book gave me a greater knowledge of the life and culture that ...more