Lvov Ghetto Diary

Lvov Ghetto Diary

Book - 1990
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Originally published in Hebrew, this memoir bears witness to the systematic destruction of some 135,000 Jews in the Ukranian city of Lvov during the Holocaust. The author, a rabbi, escaped death because he was hidden by the Ukranian archbishop of the Uniate Catholic Church. His wife and young daughter were also given refuge, separately, in Catholic convents. The memoir covers the period from July 1, 1941, when the Germans occupied Lvov, to July 27, 1944, when the city was liberated. In the first part of the book, the author is living in the Jewish ghetto under increasingly dire circumstances; in the second part, he is imprisoned in a forced labour camp; and in the third part, following his escape, he is hiding under the protection of Metropolitan Sheptytskyi.
Publisher: Amherst : The University of Massachusetts Press, c1990.
ISBN: 9780870237263
Branch Call Number: 940. 5318 KAH K
Characteristics: x, 162 p. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 21, 2011

If it went on for much longer, this diary would be unbearable reading. The author is remarkable in being able to give a compelling narrative without losing his composure, despite the extreme inhumanity perpetrated upon his community. The tension does lift as he finds refuge with sympathetic Ukrainian officials, leaving the final liquidation of the ghetto and camps as implied rather than directly witnessed. While difficult to read, afterwards I was never more thankful and cognizant of the simple joy of being free, alive, and accepted.

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