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European Jewry Before the Holocaust

BOOKS

  • Salo W. Baron, The Russian Jews Under Tsars and Soviets (Macmillan).
  • Hugh Coleman, ed., The Jews of Czechoslovakia (Jewish Pub. Soc.).
  • Lucjan Dobroszycki and Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, Image Before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland 1864-1939 (Schocken).
  • Yaffa Eliach, There Once Was a World: A 900 Year Chronicle of the Shtetl Eishyshok (Little Brown).
  • Josef Frankel, ed., The Jews of Austria: Essays on their Life, History and Destruction (Valentine, Mitchell).
  • Harriet Pass Freidenreich, The Jews of Yugoslavia: A Quest for Community (Jewish Publication Society).
  • Israel Gutman, et. al., The Jews of Poland Between Two World Wars (University Press of New England).
  • Celia Heller, On the Edge of Destruction: Jews of Poland Between the Two World Wars (Columbia Univ.).
  • Paula Hyman, From Dreyfus to Vichy (Columbia Univ.).
  • Ezra Mendelsohn, The Jews of East Central Europe Between the Wars (Indiana University Press).

AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL
The Camera of My Family
Videotape, 18 minutes, color (also available on filmstrip).
Recommended for all age groups.
Four generations of a German Jewish family are brought to life with material dating from 1845-1945. One of the best teaching tools available, this film, though gentle in its approach, easily leads to discussions about the attitudes of German Jews, their sense of national identity, their intense patriotism, and their inability to grasp what was happening.

Echoes That Remain
Videotape, 60 minutes, color.
Recommended for elementary school and up.
Produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this is a poignant study of Jewish shtetl life before the Holocaust. It combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen footage with live sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.

Image Before My Eyes
Videotape, 90 minutes, color and b/w.
Recommended for all age groups.
This film vividly recreates Jewish life in Poland from the late nineteenth century through the 1930’s — a unique and now vanished era. Through rare film and photographs, memorabilia, music, and interviews with survivors of this lost culture, this film brings to life the full range of the Jewish experience in the years before disaster.

The Last Chapter
Videotape, 85 minutes, color and b/w.
Recommended for all age groups.
This film traces 500 years of Jewish life in Poland, ending with the return of survivors after the Holocaust.