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"An indispensable tool for Holocaust research." Choice

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Isaiah Trunk (1905 1982) was Senior Research Associate and Chief Archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He is author of Judenrat: The Jewish Councils in Eastern Europe under Nazi Occupation.Robert Moses Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is editor of Holocaust Chronicles: Individualizing the Holocaust through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Essential for any college-level collection strong in Holocaust studies. 14 Oct. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
LODOZ GHETTO: A HISTORY represents the first English translation of Isiah Trunk's study, originally published in Yiddish in 1962 which describes and explains the first major ghetto imposed by the Germans after they invaded Poland during the war. Lodoz once housed a quarter-million Jews: when the Soviets arrived they found 877 living Jews left. Trunk's purpose was to describe the course of events in the Ghetto: his blend of statistics and historical review is essential for any college-level collection strong in Holocaust studies.

Diane C. Donovan

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The Jewish Eichmann? 24 Nov. 2008
By Doctor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Lodz ghetto in Nazi occupied Poland is still notorious for the appalling mortality rate of it's Jewish population. Less than one percent of the men women and children who were kept there survived the war, and at various points while reading this book I found myself asking how the head of the Lodz Jewish Council (Judenrat), Chaim Rumkowski, should have been dealt with if he survived the war. I know he was forced into his situation but in time he took to his work with extreme dilligence, having his Jewish police round up the quota of deportees, lying to the people about their fate and keeping the machinery of death running like a well-oiled machine right up until his own execution. What do Rumkowski and Eichmann have in common? They never personally killed anybody. What else? They made it possible for many, many innocent people to be killed. It is of course a very thorny issue, but any open minded reader will find themselves asking similar questions. The author has performed a valuable service to objective historians.
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