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New Books at the Pedagogic and Resource Center - Summer 2009

Dividing Hearts

Dividing Hearts.
The Removal of Jewish Children from Gentile Families in Poland in the Immediate Post-Holocaust Years.

By Emunah Nachmany-Gafny.
Yad Vashem Publications, 2009.

Personal stories of Polish rescuers and Jewish children include “tragedies with no winners.” Research on issues involved in the search for hidden Jewish children in the postwar period in Poland, raises questions such as: Why so many organizations? How did they operate? How did the Polish courts deal with the issue? What was the stance of the Church? How did the children react to the transition?

At the Mercy of Strangers

At the Mercy of Strangers.
The Rescue of Hidden Jewish Children in Poland

By Nachum Bogner
Yad Vashem Publications, 2009.

Hidden under false identities in cities, on farms and in convents and monasteries, young Jewish children survived the war by the grace of kindhearted strangers. Their story is told by an historian who survived the war as a child. He describes how the emotional closeness so essential for survival made it so hard for the children to leave their host families after the war.

A Small Village in Europe: Chelmno (Kulmhof).

A Small Village in Europe: Chelmno (Kulmhof).
The First Nazi Mass Extermination Camp

By Shmuel Krakowski
Yad Vashem Publications, 2009.

This is the only study on Chelmno, the first death camp on Polish soil and the model for setting up the machinery of mass murder. Mass killings, mostly of Lodz Jews and Gypsies, began in December 1941 and continued until the Red Army liberated the camp in January 1945. Only three people survived Chelmno, and only a few who operated the death camp were ever brought to justice.

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