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After the Holocaust the bells still ring

Author: Joseph Polak
Publisher: Jerusalem ; New York : Urim Publications, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This memoir is a fascinating portrait of mother and child who miraculously survive two concentration camps, then, after the war, battle demons of the past, societal rejection, disbelief, and invalidation as they struggle to reenter the world of the living. It is the tale of how one newly takes on the world, having lived in the midst of corpses strewn about in the scores of thousands, and how one can possibly resume  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Personal narratives
Biography
Named Person: Joseph Polak; Joseph Polak; Joseph Polak
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Polak
ISBN: 9789655241624 9655241629
OCLC Number: 905550370
Awards: Winner of National Jewish Book Award (Biography/Autobiography) 2015
Description: 141 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Prologue --
Introduction --
Percussion --
Tanya --
Who's going on Tuesday? Westerbork --
Bergen-Belsen --
The lost transport --
Mother, father, and other unfinished business --
The Bijenkorf --
After the Holocaust, the Holocaust continues --
The Holocaust in Canada --
The last witness --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Joseph Polak ; foreword by Elie Wiesel.

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This memoir is a fascinating portrait of mother and child who miraculously survive two concentration camps, then, after the war, battle demons of the past, societal rejection, disbelief, and invalidation as they struggle to reenter the world of the living. It is the tale of how one newly takes on the world, having lived in the midst of corpses strewn about in the scores of thousands, and how one can possibly resume life in the aftermath of such experiences. It is the story of the child who decides, upon growing up, that the only career that makes sense for him in light of these years of horror is to become someone sensitive to the deepest flaws of humanity, a teacher of God's role in history amidst the traditions that attempt to understand it--and to become a rabbi. Readers will not emerge unscathed from this searing work, written by a distinguished, Boston-based rabbi and academic.

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