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The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture
The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0271078707
On the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943, Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto staged a now legendary revolt against their Nazi oppressors. Since that day, the deprivation and despair of life in the ghetto and the dramatic uprising of its inhabitants have captured the American cultural imagination. The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture looks at how this place and its story have been remembered in fine art, film, television, radio, theater, fiction, poetry, and comics. Samantha Baskind explores seventy years’ worth of artistic representations of the ghetto and revolt to understand why they became and remain touchstones in the American mind. Her study includes iconic works such as Leon Uris’s best-selling novel Mila 18, Roman Polanski’s Academy Award–winning film The Pianist, and Rod Serling’s teleplay In the Presence of Mine Enemies, as well as accounts in the American Jewish Yearbook and the New York Times, the art of Samuel Bak and Arthur Szyk, and the poetry of Yala Korwin and Charles Reznikoff. In probing these works, Baskind pursues key questions of Jewish identity: What links artistic representations of the ghetto to the Jewish diaspora? How is art politicized or depoliticized? Why have Americans made such a strong cultural claim on the uprising? Vibrantly illustrated and vividly told, The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture shows the importance of the ghetto as a site of memory and creative struggle and reveals how this seminal event and locale served as a staging ground for the forging of Jewish American identity.
The Lithuanian Conspiracy and the Soviet Collapse: Investigation into a Political Demolition
The Lithuanian Conspiracy and the Soviet Collapse
Investigation into a Political Demolition
Paperback      ISBN: 0998694711
Through interviews with leading participants on both sides, Russian journalist Sapozhnikova reveals the conspiracy that led to the collapse of the 20th century's greatest experiment in social engineering, the Soviet Union, and what happened to the men and women who struggled to destroy or save it. The various "color" revolutions in eastern Europe during the 2000s were not merely supported and exploited by Western powers, she says, but were in fact US intelligence operations to establish compliant pro-US governments. It is a key to understanding processes taking place today in places like Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and elsewhere. Annotation
Salonica, City Of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims And Jews, 1430-1950
Salonica, City Of Ghosts
Christians, Muslims And Jews, 1430-1950
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375412980
A vivid narrative history captures the multicultural world of Salonica, from its heyday as a Byzantine port, through its role as a progressive center of the Ottoman Empire, to its occupation during World War II by the Nazis, revealing how its position as a center of progressive equality among diverse cultures and religions was gradually eroded, culminating in the Nazis' destruction of its Jewish inhabitants. 20,000 first printing.
A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia
A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia
Hardcover      ISBN: 0312086911
David Crowe draws from previously untapped East European, Russian, and traditional sources to explore the life, history, and culture of the Gypsies, or Roma, from their entrance into the region in the Middle Ages until the present.
A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
A Lucky Child
A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
Paperback      ISBN: 0316339180
A judge at the International Court in The Hague who was rescued from Auschwitz at the age of eleven presents the story of his extraordinary journey from the horrors of Nazism to an investigation of modern day genocide.
Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany
Underground in Berlin
A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany
Paperback      ISBN: 0316382108
Follows the true story of a young Jewish woman who fled to the city and lived under an assumed identity and relied on the kindness of safe-houses, foreign workers and communists in order to survive in World War II Berlin. 40,000 first printing.
Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin
Berlin Calling
A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin
Hardcover      ISBN: 162097195x
Chronicles the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall through the lend of the divided city's underground punk culture, arguins that the raw urban vibe of the early 1990s shapes the new Berlin and is still evident in the city today.
Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming
Among the Living and the Dead
A Tale of Exile and Homecoming
Paperback      ISBN: 0393356191
Inara Verzemnieks was raised by her Latvian grandparents in Washington State, among expatriates who scattered smuggled Latvian sand over coffins, the children singing folk songs about a land none of them had visited. Her grandmother Livija
Dirty Jewess: A Woman's Courageous Journey to Religious and Political Freedom
Dirty Jewess
A Woman's Courageous Journey to Religious and Political Freedom
Hardcover      ISBN: 9655242773
Dirty Jewess is the personal account of one woman‘s courageous journey towards religious and political freedom while coming of age in post-Holocaust, communist Czechoslovakia. The narrative recalls the author's experience as a child of Holocaust survivors, living as a refugee in Rome, and finally realizing her dream of becoming a successful American citizen. Silvia Fishbaum's life behind the iron curtain is a universal tale of humanity, resilience, and overcoming adversity. Fishbaum weaves together her mother’s testimony of Auschwitz with the testimony of her childhood art tutor, Ludovit Feld—a victim of Mengele's experiments—to create a compelling and layered life narrative.
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
Paperback      ISBN: 1590176650
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is both a work of memory and a work about memory. Miron Bialoszewski, the great avant-garde Polish poet, memorializes the doomed uprising of the Polish population against their Nazi masters, which began on August 1, 1944, and was eventually abandoned on October 2, 1944, with the physical destruction of Warsaw, street by street and house by house, and the slaughter of 200,000 civilians. Yet Bialoszewski begins his memoir not with an invocation of the great historical events about to unfold but with a simple observation: “Tuesday, August 1, 1944, was cloudy, humid, not too warm...and I remember that there were many trolleys, cars, and people and that right after I reached the corner of Zelazna Street, I realized what day it was (the first of August) and I thought to myself, more or less in these words: ‘August 1 is Sunflower Day.’