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Accounting for Genocide: National Responses and Jewish Victimization During the Holocaust
By H. Fein
(University of Chicago Press, 1979)
Anthology on Armed Jewish Resistance 1939-1945
By Isaac Kowalski.
Four volumes of short personal accounts of Jews under a variety of circumstances who resisted the Nazis during World War II. Many of the stories are about partisans fighting in Lithuania, eastern Poland, the Ukraine, Belarus. Many small vignettes, pictures. Indexes of hundreds of names. First volume published 1986, last volume 1991.
Atlas of the Holocaust
By Martin Gilbert
(New York: William Morrow. and Company, Inc., 1993 (Revised edition), 282 pages, ISBN: 0-688-12364-3)
An atlas, with over 300 maps, numerous photos, indexes of places and persons, bibliography.
Baltic Jews under the Soviets (English)
By Dov Levin
(Jerusalem: Centre for Research & Documentation of Eastern European Jewry, Hebrew University, 1994 )
The Black Book
By Ilya Ehrenburg and Vasily Grossman
(Holocaust Publications, Inc., 1981, ISBN: 089604-032-1)
A powerful anthology of eyewitness accounts to the mass murder of Soviet Jewry, edited by one of the Soviet Union's best-known authors but suppressed by Stalin. Describes events in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Separate indices of place names and individuals. Much of the material is taken from the testimony presented to the official Extraordinary Commission to Ascertain and Investigate the War Crimes of the Fascist German Invaders and Their Accomplices.
The Book of Remembrance of the Jewish Community of Kybartai, Lithuania
By Joseph Rosin/Sarah and Mordechai Kopfstein
(Haifa: The Association of Former Kibart Citizens, 1988)
Available online at: http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kybartai/kibart.html
Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
By Eva Fogelman
(New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1994, 393 pages, ISBN: 0-385-42027-7)
A history of anti-semitism and rescues in many countries, written about from the point of view of a psychotherapist and social psychologist. Footnotes, bibliography, index.
How Dark the Heavens: 1400 Days in the Grip of Nazi Terror
By Sidney Iwens
(New York, Shengold Publishers, 1990; 291 pages, ISBN: 0-88400-147-4)
A personal memoir in diary format covering June 22, 1941, in Janova, Lithuania (where 3,500 of the 4,500 inhabitants were Jews, and where Sidney's father, Moshe Iwensky, was head of the local Jewish community bank and a leader of the local Zionist movement), to the day Iwens was liberated: April 30, 1945, in Camp Allach, near Munich, Germany. His path first led northwest, to Daugavpils, Latvia, where less than 100 of the 16,000 Jews survived Nazi occupation and ghettoization. He managed to escape to the partisans, returned to the ghetto and finally was shipped west to Dachau. Very readable -- winner of the August Derleth Non-Fiction Book Award.
A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire
By Alexander Beider
(Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu Press, 1993, 760 pages ISBN: 0-9626373-3-5)
This and its companion volume, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland, by Dr. Beider provide the most comprehensive scholarly studies of Jewish surnames in Eastern Europe
A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland
By Alexander Beider
(Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu Press, 1996, 608 pages. ISBN: 0-9626373-9-4)
This and its companion volume, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire, by Dr. Beider provide the most comprehensive scholarly studies of Jewish surnames in Eastern Europe
Sefer Divenishok; yad vashem le-ayara yehudit, (Devenishki Memorial Book)
By David Shtokfish
(Israel, Divenishok Societies in Israel and the United States, 1977, in Hebrew and Yiddish, 536 pages)
Two sections, the Necrology transliterated by Ellen Sadove Renck,and the Forward translated by Alma Cahn are available online here: http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dieveniskes/dieveniskes.html
Dr. Elkhanan Elkes of the Kovno Ghetto: A Son's Holocaust Memoir
By Joel Elkes
(Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 1999. 119 pp., ISBN: 1-55725-231-9)
A memoir by the son of the head of the Kovno (Kaunas) Ghetto covering the period of the initial German invasion, June 22, 1941 to the Ghetto’s final destruction July 13-15, 1944. Previously unpublished photos from the author’s archives, Esther Lurie illustrations; notes and references, index.
By B. Baranauskas and K. Ruksenas
(Gintaras Vilnius, 1970)
Eliyahu's Branches: The Descendants Of the Vilna Gaon and His Family
By Chaim Freedman
(Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, Inc, 704 pages, ISBN: 1886223068)
An Excursion to Lithuania
By A.A. Sacks
(New York: Hudson Bay Press, 1934, 308 pages)
A travelogue, written for a general audience, by a New York Jewish American born in Zeimelis, who takes a sea voyage back to his homeland, illustrated with his travel pictures. Some family names mentioned: ZEDERSTEIN, MILUNSKI, ZOHN, ISRAELSON, KAPLAN, Rabbi EPSTEIN of the Hebrew University of Slobodka (photo).
Fighting Back: Lithuanian Jewry's Armed Resistance to the Holocaust 1941-1945
By Dov Levin
(New York, London: Holmes and Meier, 1985, 298 pages; re-issued as a paperback by Holmes and Meier in 1997)
Dov Levin, an eminent Israeli sociologist and former member of the Kovno ghetto underground, is one of the few Litvaks who actively participated in the war against the Germans and their allies as a member of the Lithuanian Division of the Soviet Army. His goal in writing this book was to uncover as many facts as possible about Lithuanian Jewry's participation in the struggle against the Germans (those in the Red Army, as well as the partisans, and fighters in the concentration camps and ghettos), and to record the events and names of the participants for posterity. Interviews with 165 survivors, extensive footnotes, bibliography, index of names and general index. Foreword by Yehuda Bauer.
Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide
By Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman
(Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1991, 1994, 241 pages. ISBN: 0-9626373-4-3)
A guide to translating vital statistic records in 13 languages: Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. Each section shows the alphabet of the language, sample vital statistic records and their translation as well as a list of words commonly encountered in these records.
For My Sons: A Family Genealogy
By Joseph D. Lurie
(Self Published/ TS, 1998, available from Joseph Lurie, PO Box 1158, Upton, Ma. 01568)
Family genealogy done with extensive use of Byelorussian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Israeli, and U.S. vital records, revision lists, census data, etc. Most complete/only genealogy of Danishevsky (over 1000 individuals from 1730's on),and only genealogy of Zadwin/Sadwin (400+ individuals) and Gutglick/Gutglik/Goodglick (550+ individuals) families. Also Luria, Halperin, Soloveichik, Slutzki, Gorovitz. Ties to Israelit, Lewin-Epstein, Vilna Gaon. Various biographical information, 150+ photographs, maps.
From a Ruined Garden: The Memorial
By Jack Kugelmass and Jonathan Boyarin
(Schocken Books, 1983, ISBN: 0-8052-3867-0)
Contains selections drawn from over 60 memorial books. Most memorial books have never been translated from the original Hebrew or Yiddish. This book gives English speakers a unique opportunity to learn from a previously inaccessible resource. The memorial books are from towns within the area of Poland from 1921-1938, including towns now in Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania.
From That Place and Time: A Memoir 1938-1947
By Lucy S. Dawidowicz
(New York, London, W.W. Norton & Company, 1989, 333 pages, ISBN: 0-393-02674-4)
American Lucy Dawidowicz went to serve as an intern at YIVO in Vilna in 1938 and remained there until she had to leave when the war started. She returned to Vilna after the war. People and places are mentioned with good biographical information about her friends and YIVO personnel. There are excellent descriptions of Jewish life in Vilna in these years, local color, atmosphere of rooted culture, of anti-Semitism, daily life, streets, historic information about Lithuania and Jewish Lithuania, including its historic and religious personalities. The end papers are especially useful, including a map of Vilna in the 1930s with an inset of the Jewish quarter. Many sites in the text can be located on streets on the maps where streets are named. The text also gives alternative Jewish, Polish, and Lithuanian names for streets. Unfortunately, the book is out of print and the rights have been sold to Bantam which has no plans to republish it as of July, 1997.
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