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City of life, city of death : memories of Riga

Author: Max Michelson
Publisher: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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City of Life, City of Death: Memories of Riga is Max Michelson's stirring and haunting personal account of the Soviet and German occupations of Latvia and of the Holocaust. Michelson had a serene boyhood in an upper middle-class Jewish family in Riga, Latvia-at least until 1940, when the fifteen-year old Michelson witnessed the annexation of Latvia by the Soviet Union. Private properties were nationalized, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Michelson, Max, 1924-
City of life, city of death.
Boulder : University Press of Colorado, ©2001
(DLC) 2001027210
(OCoLC)46240363
Named Person: Max Michelson; Max Michelson
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Max Michelson
ISBN: 0870816926 9780870816925 9780870817885 0870817884 1280500980 9781280500985 6610500983 9786610500987
OCLC Number: 52338922
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 171 pages) : portraits, maps, charts
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Max Michelson.

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City of Life, City of Death: Memories of Riga is Max Michelson's stirring and haunting personal account of the Soviet and German occupations of Latvia and of the Holocaust. Michelson had a serene boyhood in an upper middle-class Jewish family in Riga, Latvia-at least until 1940, when the fifteen-year old Michelson witnessed the annexation of Latvia by the Soviet Union. Private properties were nationalized, and Stalin's terror spread to Soviet Latvia. Soon after, Michelson's family was torn apart by the 1941 Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. He quickly lost his entire family, while witnessing the unspeakable brutalities of war and genocide. Michelson's memoir is an ode to his lost family; it is the speech of their muted voices and a thank you for their love. Although badly scarred by his experiences, like many other survivors he was able to rebuild his life and gain a new sense of what it means to be alive. His experiences will be of interest to scholars of both the Holocaust and Eastern European history, as well as the general reader.

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