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The fall of a sparrow : the life and times of Abba Kovner

Author: Dina Porat; Elizabeth Yuval
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2010.
Series: Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture.
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"The Fall of a Sparrow is the only full biography in English of the partisan, poet, and patriot Abba Kovner (1918-1987). An unsung and largely unknown hero of the Second World War and Israel's War of Independence, Kovner was born in Vilna, "the Jerusalem of Lithuania." Long before the rest of the world suspected, he was the first person to state that Hitler was planning to kill the Jews of Europe. Kovner and other  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Abba Kovner; Abba Kovner; Abba Kovner; Abba Kovner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dina Porat; Elizabeth Yuval
ISBN: 9780804762489 0804762481
OCLC Number: 318645876
Notes: "Originally published in Hebrew in 2000 under the title Me-ʻever le-gishmi : parashat ḥayaṿ shel Aba Ḳovner."
Awards: Winner of National Jewish Book Award (Biography/Autobiography) 2009
Description: xxiv, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Childhood in Sevastopol and Youth in Vilna: "A sad-eyed child," March 1918-September 1939 --
In Independent Lithuania: "Vilna is the birthplace of everything," October 1939-June 1940 --
Under Soviet Rule: "On the ruins of illusion," June 1940-June 1941 --
Hiding in a Monastery: "A crimson life-line on the convent wall," June-December 1941 --
The Manifesto of January 1, 1942: "The rebellion began with the manifesto," September 1941-January 1942 --
The Establishment and Training of the Underground: "A man cannot be a hero at the expense of those he loves," January 1942-Spring 1943 --
The Wittenberg Affair: "On the senseless night of July 16," March-September 1943 --
The Last Days of the Ghetto: "And say with me / My mother / My mother," September 1-September 24, 1943 --
In the Forest and with the Partisans: "Of ten fingers, only the one left knows how to shoot!" October 1943-July 1944 --
From the Land of the Holocaust to the Land of Life: "Mammeh, may I cry now?" July-December 1944 --
The Bricha (Escape from Europe) and the East European Survivors' Brigade: "A nightmarish ... an awful wandering," January-July 1945 --
Nakam-The Blood of Israel Will Take Revenge: "To kill six million Germans," August 1945-December 1947 --
Information Officer of the Givati Brigade During the War of Independence: "Everything depends on your courage in battle, face-to-face," December 1947-December 1949 --
Serving the Party and at Odds with It: "Has the time come to forgive Germany?" --
The Holocaust and Jewish History: "A poem in stone" --
The Kibbutz Rebbe: "I am alone in the fields" --
Family and Friends: "And everything I have done should be corrected, / Except my life with you" --
Finis: "One should not summarize, for God's sake, not summarize!"
Series Title: Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture.
Other Titles: Me-ʻever le-gishmi.
Responsibility: Dina Porat ; translated and edited by Elizabeth Yuval.
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The Fall of a Sparrow recounts the life and times of Abba Kovner, partisan, poet, patriot, an unsung and largely unknown hero of the Second World War and Israel's War of Independence.  Read more...


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