Last letters from the Shoah

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Call Number940.5315 B11L
Dates2013; ©2013
Statement of Responsibilityedited by Walter Zwi Bacharach ; translated by Batsheva Pomerantz.
Creators & ContributorsBachrach, Zwi (editor)
Pomerantz, Batsheva (translator)
Weissman, Toby (editor)
Gutman, Israel (contributor)
Yad ṿa-shem, rashut ha-zikaron la-Shoʼah ṿela-gevurah (contributor)
Summary"'These are my last words…' is a sentence found over and over again in this unique volume of letters written by those who would not survive the Holocaust. The letters were uncovered over 60 years, hoarded by the victims’ families and friends, and ultimately collected by Yad Vashem. These letters were sent from the ghettos, hidden in cattle cars and train stations, and smuggled out of the concentration camps. They reveal the raw emotions of mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, trying desperately to tell their story before it is too late. Some believed they might survive and their letters reflect their hopes and aspirations for the future, the anxieties of the present, and the bittersweet memories of the past." Publisher
Contents
  • About the Letters / Israel Gutman
  • Introduction
  • The Holocaust Reflected through Personal Experience / Zwi Bacharach
    • Testimony
    • A Sense of Doom, Despair and Hope
    • Wills and Last Requests
    • Concern for Children
    • Revenge, Dilemmas, Acceptance, Faith, Resistance and Suicide
    • The Underground
    • Coded Language
  • The Last Letters
  • Summary
Physical Description 400 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, First published in Hebrew by Yad Vashem, 2002
PublisherJerusalem : Yad Vashem
EditionNew revised English edition
Notes
  • Includes Geographical, Names and Concepts and Topics indexes
  • Editor of the English version: Toby Weissman
RecognitionGifted in 2015 by David & Susie Zacks