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The emperor of lies

Author: Steve Sem-Sandberg; Sarah Death
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in the Polish city of Lodz. Its chosen leader: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director, and the elusive, authoritarian power sustaining the ghetto's very existence.
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Named Person: Mordecai Ḥayim Rumkowski; Mordecai Ḥayim Rumkowski
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Sem-Sandberg; Sarah Death
ISBN: 0571259200 9780571259205
OCLC Number: 694228206
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Notes: Originally published in Sweden in 2009 by Albert Bonniers Forlag as De fattiga i Łódź́.
Description: 664 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: First published in Sweden in 2009 by Albert Bonniers Forlag as De fattiga i Lodz. --
"Winner of the August Prize"-cover. --
In 1940, the Nazis established the second largest Jewish gehtto in Poland, in Lodz. Some 250,000 Jews were imprisoned there. The ghetto's chosen leader, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, realised that their survival depended upon making the ghetto indispensable, so he forced everyone to work providing supplies for the German military. Was he a ruthless opportunitst, or a pragmatic strategist? This novel draws on genuine chronicles of life in the ghetto to ask the most difficult questions about survival and oppression.
Other Titles: Fattiga i Łódź́.
Responsibility: Steve Sem-Sandberg ; translated by Sarah Death.

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