Publisher: NYU Press
Edited by Shmuel Spector and the late Geoffrey Wigoder and published in conjunction with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel, the Encyclopedia represents the fruit of more than three decades of labor. Based on a thirty-volume encyclopedia published only in Hebrew, this new condensed version makes this rich source of information available in English for the first time. A foreword by Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel places this remarkable resource in its historical and cultural context.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust reclaims the distinctive culture of thousands of Jewish communities lost during the Holocaust. It chronicles the people, habits and customs of more than 6,500 thriving Jewish communities. It traces the development of Jewish lifeâ€”from large urban centers to small shtetlsâ€”throughout their history. Stories and numerous photographs share small details of everyday lifeâ€”the culture, politics, and faith that inspired the peopleâ€”putting faces on the immeasurable loss brought about by the Holocaust.
Representing the work of more than 80 international scholars and based on decades of research at Yad Vashem, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust tells the story of a world that can no longer be visited.
Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the communities and cultures destroyed in the Holocaust. It preserves and documents the events through research and the collection of primary materials from numerous international sources as well as the personal testimonies of witnesses.
Yad Vashem is internationally recognized as a driving force in the education of future generations to the horror of the time. In addition, it established commemorative sites in Jerusalem such as the Vale of Communities where the names of the thousands of communities destroyed in the Holocaust are carved on huge stone walls, and it recognizes the altruism and bravery of the Righteous Gentiles. clopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust is a unique source of information for students, amateur genealogists, and anyone interested in the pageant of Jewish life through the ages. It will be a valuable addition to any home library and will make a perfect gift for bnei mitzvot, holidays, and other special occasions.
Features and Benefits
* Community entries include alternate place names, geographic location, history of the Jewish tradition within that community, including its education, political, and economic life as well as its relationship with the broader community and its fate during the war.
* Cross-referencing within entries enables each reader to expand the scope of one’s research.
* Features many never-before-published photographs gathered from personal collections as well as historical archives.
* Maps, created specifically for this encyclopedia, draw upon numerous historical sources to pinpoint the locations of towns with significant Jewish populations in Europe and North Africa, many of which disappeared during the war.
* The Chronology summarizes the sequence of critical events and helps the reader understand the context in which they occurred.
* The Glossary expands the reader’s understanding of relevant terms in a clear and concise manner.
* The Index of Persons offers an at-a-glance listing of major figures with their communities of origin.
* The Index of Communities features alternate spellings in a variety of languages and dialects.
* Foreword by Elie Wiesel
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