Survivors of the Holocaust in Poland: A Portrait Based on Jewish Community Records, 1944-1947

Survivors of the Holocaust in Poland: A Portrait Based on Jewish Community Records, 1944-1947

Survivors of the Holocaust in Poland: A Portrait Based on Jewish Community Records, 1944-1947

Survivors of the Holocaust in Poland: A Portrait Based on Jewish Community Records, 1944-1947

Synopsis

The fate of Jews in Poland after World War II is a dramatic and important topic of modern European history. This volume, using comprehensive documentation and statistical data, seeks to provide a solid foundation for further research on the subject.

Excerpt

It took me longer than I would have liked to complete this, the first volume of my study of the history of the Jewish community in postwar Poland. Over twenty years have passed since the publication of my first essay on this subject, dealing with the years from 1944 to 1947. In fact, my research on the topic dates back even further--to the late 1960s and early 1970s. At that time, I was able to examine and gather almost all of the necessary primary materials in Poland, the United States, England, and Israel.

As originally envisioned, the study was to consist of three volumes: (1) the demography of the Jewish community in Poland from 1944 to 1947; (2) the attempt by survivors to reconstruct a viable community; and (3) a set of previously unpublished documents pertaining to the difficulties encountered by Jewish individuals, social groups, and political parties in the postwar years. Unfortunately, several factors conspired to delay the project. One was illness, which forced me to stop work for a while. Then a number of other scholarly endeavors came to consume much of my time. Finally, there was the sadness of the subject matter itself. The hostility encountered in their native land by the fraction of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust is a painful story to tell, one from which, perhaps, I subliminally shied away. With the publication of this first volume, I now trust that the project as laid out nearly a quarter of a century ago is back on track.

Over the years I have enjoyed the support of many institutions . . .

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