These We Remember is honored to be a part of the collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC
"This holy book of primary source memoirs has the voices of the few men and woman who survived one of the most horrific events of all time. Those murdered exist in a void, voiceless. We know not where or how their lives were taken. Let these words be the tombstones for their unmarked graves."
Review by Dr. MichaelA. Riff, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey
By making These We Remember, Yizkor Book of Ivenets, Kamin and Surroundings (Shoah Literature Press, 2008) accessible in the widest sense of the word, Florette Lynnís excellent translation establishes a new standard in making the memorial book a useful source in depicting and understanding the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry.Originally written (mostly in Yiddish) by survivors in the immediate aftermath of Holocaust, Yizkor or memorial books were produced by Holocaust survivors to record the past and to serve as a memorial to the communities from whence they came.In addition to language deficiencies, deficits in knowledge of such areas as terminology and geography usually limit the genreís access to a wider audience.As a consequence, the Yizkor book has chiefly been viewed as a source for genealogists.
Not only Lynnís deft translation, but also her inclusion of explanatory remarks throughout the text, several well-chosen maps and a full glossary at the end will make the book useful for general readers, students and scholars alike.
No library with an interest in Modern Jewish History should be without it!
In these primary sources, memoirs written by the survivors of Ivenets, a shtetl in what is now Belarus, we have a wide-ranging portrait of Eastern European Jewish life from 1910 until 1944, as well as Holocaust memories.
This Yizkor Book, one of 800 existing, represents a sub-genre of Holocaust literature now translated fully, including photos, in a user-friendly format.
These We Remember
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