The Life of Jews in Poland Before the Holocaust

A Memoir
 
 
University of Nebraska Press
  • erschienen am 1. Dezember 2013
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 152 Seiten
978-0-8032-7175-3 (ISBN)
 
Ben-Zion Gold was born in 1923 in Radom, Poland, and grew up in a traditional Jewish home. The sole survivor of his family, he arrived in the United States in 1947. For more than forty years he served as the director and rabbi at Harvard-Radcliff Hillel, where through teaching, innovative programs, and unique personal interactions, he inspired and motivated Jewish students, faculty, and the surrounding community to deepen their commitment to, and knowledge of, Judaism.
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  • USA
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  • Breite: 135 mm
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  • 218 gr
978-0-8032-7175-3 (9780803271753)
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Ben-Zion Gold was born in 1923 in Radom, Poland, and grew up in a traditional Jewish home. The sole survivor of his family, he arrived in the United States in 1947. For more than forty years he served as the director and rabbi at Harvard-Radcliff Hillel, where through teaching, innovative programs, and unique personal interactions, he inspired and motivated Jewish students, faculty, and the surrounding community to deepen their commitment to, and knowledge of, Judaism.
Introduction1. Jewish Radom2. Home and Family3. My Father's Marriage and Business4. My Religious Upbringing5. Heder6. My Sisters' Education7. Yeshiva8. Jews and Poles9. Rayzel's Engagement10. Pinye's Death11. Finding a Tutor12. The Beit HaMidrash and the Yeshiva13. Encounters with Hasidism14. Musarnikes15. Bathya's Engagement16. Love's First Glance17. Escape to Freedom18. The Encounter19. After Liberation
"In this moving memoir, Ben-Zion Gold describes how Jews lived in Poland, and not how they died... It took Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold 20 years to complete his spare, powerful memoir, which originated as a message to his daughters, both of them born in the United States after World War II... Poignant as each individual memory may be, taken together they attest to the wide range of religious experiences that Polish Judaism in full flower provided for an ardent, intelligent seeker like young Gold." - Harvey Blume, Jerusalem Report "Rabbi Gold writes with a rare combination of insight and understanding; the result is a fascinating, instructive and uniquely intimate memoir." - Ruth Anna Putnam, professor emerita of philosophy at Wellesley College and editor of The Cambridge Companion to William James "This beautifully written and moving account of his youth as a member of a traditional religious Jewish family in Radom in central Poland, by Ben-Zion Gold, stands out among Holocaust memoirs. Gold lovingly recreates this destroyed world and attempts to convey its deep spirituality, while distancing himself from its fundamentalism and ethnic self-centeredness. This is one of the most uplifting accounts of the resilience of the human spirit I have read in recent years." - Antony Polonsky, Walter Stern Hilborn Professor of Judaic and Social Studies at Brandeis University and coeditor of Contemporary Jewish Writing in Poland: An Anthology "When my colleague, Rabbi Harold Kushner, visited the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, he said: This place describes how the Jews died better than any other place that I have ever seen. Now we need to have a second museum, one that will tell the story of how the Jews lived. If such a museum is ever built, this book will deserve an honored place within it. For Ben-Zion Gold has told the story of the world of Polish Jewry between the wars, as reflected in his own life, with insight and grace... This is a wonderful memoir, and I learned much from it." - Rabbi Jack Riemer, Jewish Journal: L'Chaim "This book is quite different in character from existing Holocaust memoirs. It is an eyewitness account of a lost milieu and it tells us, as the saying goes, not how European Jews died but how they lived." - Robert Alter, professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

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