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The complete black book of Russian Jewry

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Call NumberREF 947.0842 E67c
Sub-CollectionReference Collection
Dates2009; ©2002
Statement of Responsibility[compiled by] Ilya Ehrenburg and Vasily Grossman ; translated and edited by David Patterson ; with a foreword by Irving Louis Horowitz and an introduction by Helen Segall.
Creators & ContributorsĖrenburg, Ilʹi︠a︡ (compiler)
Grossman, Vasiliĭ (compiler)
Patterson, David (translator)
Patterson, David (editor)
Horowitz, Irving Louis (contributor)
Segall, Helen (contributor)
Summary"The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry is a collection of eyewitness testimonies, letters, diaries, affidavits, and other documents on the activities of the Nazis against Jews in the camps, ghettoes, and towns of Eastern Europe. Arguably, the only apt comparison is to The Gulag Archipelago of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. This definitive edition of The Black Book, including for the first time materials omitted from previous editions, is a major addition to the literature on the Holocaust... it will be of particular interest to students, teachers, and scholars of the Holocaust and those interested in the history of Europe." —Back cover
ContentsTranslator's Preface / David Patterson
Foreword / Irving Louis Horowitz
Introduction / Helen Segall
Introduction to the Russian Edition / Irina Ehrenburg
Preface / Vasily Grossman

Part 1. The Ukraine
  • Kiev: Babi Yar, an article based on documentary materials and depositions from the people of Kiev / prepared for publication by Lev Ozerov
  • The Murder of the Jews of Berdichev / Vasily Grossman
  • Talnoe / Vladimir Lidin
  • Resistance in Yarmolitsy (Kamenets, Podolsk District)  / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • How the Woman Dr. Langman Perished (Sorochitsy) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In the Town of Chmelnik (Vinnitsa District) / prepared for publication by R. Kovnator
  • In the Village of Yaryshev / reported by O. Yakhot and M. Brekhman; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In the Settlement of Tsybulevo / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In the Village of Yaltushkov / from a letter written by Soviet War Hero Second-Lieutenant Kravtsov; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In My Hometown (Brailov) / Efim Gekhman
  • What I Survived in Kharkov / reported by Maria Markovna Sokol; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Pyotr Chepurenko, Witness to the Piryatin Massacre / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Death of the Jewish Collective Farm Workers in Zelenopol / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Letters from Dnepropetrovsk, Letters from the Indikt couple / prepared for publication by G. Munblit
  • The Day of 13 October 1941 / prepared for publication by G. Munblit
    • The Story of A. M. Burtseva
    • The Story of I. A. Revenskaya
    • The Story of B. I. Tartakovskaya
  • A Letter from Military Officer Granovsky (Ekaterinopol) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Diary of Sarra Gleikh (Mariupol) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Odessa / Vera Inber
  • Chernovitsy under the German-Romanian Occupation / reported by E. Grosberg; prepared for publication by L. Goldberg
  • The Story of Rakhil Fradis-Milner (Chernovitsy) / prepared for publication by R. Kovnator and I. Ehrenburg
  • The Extermination of the Jews of Lvov / reported by I. Herts and Naftali Nakht; prepared for publication by R. Fraerman and R. Kovnator
  • Thirteen Days in Hiding: The Story of Lily Herts (Lvov) / prepared for publication by R. Fraerman and R. Kovnator
  • My Comrade the Partisan Yakov Barer (A Letter from Boris Khandros) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In the Penyatsky Forests: A Letter from an Intelligence Officer (Lvov District) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Germans in Radzivillov (Krasnoarmeisk) / reported by Lyusua Gekhman; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Letters from Orphans / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • German-Romanian Brutality in Kishinev (Moldavia) / L. Bazarov
Part 2. Belorussia
  • The Minsk Ghetto / materials provided by A. Machiz, Grechanik, L. Gleizer, and P. Shapiro; prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • Leaders of the Underground Fighters in the Minsk Ghetto / G. Smolyar
  • The Young Women from Minsk / reported by Semyon Bank; prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • The Story of an Old Man / prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • In the Village of Gory / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Murder of the Jews of Glubokoe and Other Villages / from materials provided by the brothers M. and G. Rayak; prepared for publication by R. Kovnator
  • The Story of Engineer Pikman from Mozyr / Basya Pikman; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Story of Olga Goldfain / prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • Brest / Depositions and Documentary Testimony of the Residents of Brest; prepared for publication by Margarita Aliger
  • The Tragedy of My Life / a letter from Red Army soldier Kiselev; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In the Pit / prepared for publication by Valeriya Gerasimova
  • The Story of a Little Girl from Bialystok, prepared for publication by Valeriya Gerasimova
  • Liozno / reported by B. Chernyakova; prepared for publication by Vsevolod Ivanov
  • Letters from Belorussian Children (From the Starye Zhuravli Settlement, Gomel District) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • A Letter Written by Zlata Vishnyatskaya Prior to Her Death
  • The Temchin Family from Slutsk (Passages from Letters Received by the Pilot Efim Temchin) / prepared for publication by O. Savich
  • From Materials Compiled by the Special State Commission on the Verification and Investigation of Atrocities Committed by the German-Fascist Invaders / Depositions of Soviet Citizens
  • In Bialystok / prepared for publication by R. Kovnator
  • The "Brenners" of Bialystok: The Story of Two Workers in the City of Bialystok, Shimon Amiel and Zalman Edelman / reported by Medical Service Major Nokhum Polinovsky; prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
Part 3. The Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic
  • The Smolensk Area / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
    • Shamovo
    • Krasny
  • The Fate of Isaak Rozenberg / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Rostov on the Don / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Doctor Kremenchuzhsky / prepared for publication by by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • "Where Are They Taking Us?" / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • In Stavropol / reported by A. Nankin; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Germans in Kislovodsk / prepared for publication by Viktor Shklovsky
  • Essentuki / prepared for publication by by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Story of Iosif Vaingertner, a Fisherman from Kerch / prepared for publication by L. Kvitko
  • Yalta / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Fishgoit's Report / prepared for publication by A. Derman
  • Murder in Dzhankoy / prepared for publication by L. Kvitko
  • How Dr. Fidelev Was Murdered / reported by A. Morozov; prepared for publication by by A. Derman
  • The Painter Zhivotvorsky / reported by L. Feigin, prepared for publication by A. Derman
Part 4. Lithuania
  • The Vilna Ghetto / A. Sutskever; translated from the Yiddish by M. Shambadal and B. Chernyak
  • The First Days
  • The "Hunters"
    • In the Lukishki Prison
    • Schweinberger
    • Ponary
    • Three Stories of People Saved from Death
      • The Story of Motel Gdud
      • The Story of Khiena Katz
      • The Story of Solomon Garbel
    • Murer
    • Schweinberger's Successor Martin Weiss
    • The Fate of the Elderly
    • Degner
    • Grounds for the Arrest of Jews
    • Weiss's Inoculations against Typhus
    • The Story of Fruma-Riva Burshtein of Novogrudok
    • Golda Krizhevskaya
    • The Extermination of the Children in the HKP Camp
    • Shmulik Kotlyar
    • Leibl Finkelshtein
    • The Fate of the Children Who Were Taken Away
    • Clothing
    • Kittel
    • In Alfred Rozenberg's Office
    • Martyrs of the Ghetto
      • Tiktin
      • Levitskaya
      • A Mathematician
  • The United Partisan Organization of the Vilna Ghetto (UPO)
    • The First Proclamation
      • Weapons
      • The Struggle Has Begun
      • Sabotage
      • Ties with Other Cities
      • The Underground Printing Press
      • Close Friendships
      • Aid to Prisoners of War and the Families of Soviet Soldiers
      • How We Celebrated May Day 1943
      • Isaak Vitenberg
      • "Liza Calls"
      • Fallen Heroes
      • The Struggle Continues in the Forest
      • The Last Act of the Tragedy
      • Digging Out and Escape
  • The Diary of E. Yerushalmi of Siauliai (Shavli) / prepared for publication by O. Savich
    • From the Editors
    • From the Editors
    • A Brief Account of Events that Took Place from 28 June to 23 November 1941
      • The Ghetto
      • From the Diary
  • The Death Forts of Kovno (Kaunas) / Meir Elin
    • The Seventh Fort
    • The Fourth Fort
    • The Sixth Fort
    • The Ninth Fort
      • The Mass Murder of Kovno Residents in the Fall of 1941
      • The Mass Murder of People Transported from Germany and Other West European Countries
      • The Destruction of Mass Graves
      • The Escape of Prisoners from the Ninth Fort
      • The Ninth Fort After the Prisoners' Escape
      • The Last Traces of the Crimes
  • The Kovno Ghetto Fighters / I. Iosade
  • Doctor Elena Bulvidaite-Kutorgene / reported by G. Osherovich; prepared for publication by R. Kovnator
    • From the Diary of Doctor Elena Buividaite-Kutorgene (June–December 1941)
  • The Fate of the Jews of Telshiai: The Story of Galina Masyulis and Susanna Kogan / prepared for publication by O. Savich
Part 5. Latvia
  • Riga / Captain E. Gekhtman
    • The Germans Enter the City
    • Night over Riga
    • The First Days of the Occupation
    • The Ghetto
    • Aktion
    • "Deportation" from the Ghetto
    • The Jews from Germany
    • The Salaspils Concentration Camp
  • From the Notebook of the Sculptor Elik Rivosh (Riga) / prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman and R. Kovnator
  • The Story of Sema Shpungin (Dvinsk) / prepared for publication by O. Savich
Part 6. The Soviet People are United
  • A Letter from Officers Levchenko, Borisov, and Chesnokov (Lopavshi, Rovno District) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Peasant Woman Zinaida Vashchishina (Dombrovitsy, Rovno District) / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Collective Farmer Yuliya Kukhta Saved Jewish Children / reported by Lieutenant Mayakov; prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • I Was Adopted by the Lukinsky Family / a report by Polina Ausker-Lukinskaya; prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • The Teachers Golneva, Terekhova, and Timofeeva / reported by Khana Khaimovna Khodos; prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Bookkeeper Zirchenko / prepared for publication by Ilya Ehrenburg
  • The Story of F. M. Gontova / prepared for publication by G. Munblit
  • One Survived: The Story of Evsey Efimovich Gopstein / prepared for publication by L. Seifullina
  • The Orthodox Priest Glagolev / reported by I. Minkina-Egorycheva; prepared for publication by R. Kovnator
  • The Roman Catholic Priest Bronyus Paukshtis / Girsch Osherovich; translated from the Yiddish by M. A. Shambadal
Part 7. The Annihilation Camps
  • Ponary: The Story of Engineer Yu. Farber / prepared for publication by R. Kovnator
  • In the Khorol Concentration Camp / reported by A. Reznichenko; prepared for publication by Vasily Grossman
  • The Camp at Klooga (Estonia) / prepared for publication by O. Savich
    • From the Editors
    • Zaintraub, a Student from the Vilnius University
    • Anolik
    • E. Yerushalmi
    • Vatsnik
    • Benyamin Anolik, Junior
  • Treblinka / Vasily Grossman
  • The Children from the Black Road / V. Apresyan
  • The Uprising at Sobibor / P. Antokolsky and V. Kaverin
  • The Report of the Special State Commission for the Verification and Investigation of Atrocities Committed by the German Fascist Invaders and Their Accomplices in the Monstrous Crimes of the German Government in Auschwitz
    • Reichsführer SS Himmler, Organizer of the Auschwitz Annihilation Camp
    • German Fascist Professors and Physicians: Murderers of the Prisoners in Auschwitz
    • At Auschwitz the German Executioners Murdered Citizens of Every Country in Europe
    • Auschwitz: The Mass Production of Death
    • Murderers of Children
    • The Extermination of the Intelligentsia
    • The Hitlerite Plunderers
    • The Hitlerite Thugs Murdered More than Four Million People in Auschwitz
    • Calling the German-Fascists to a Serious Accounting
  • A Girl from Auschwitz (No. 74233) / prepared for publication by Osip Cherny
  • Twenty-Six Months in Auschwitz: The Story of Mordecai Tsirulnitsky, Former Inmate No. 79414 / prepared for publication by L. Goldberg
    • In the Village of Ostrino
    • In the Kelbasino Camp
    • The First Months in Auschwitz
    • At the Factory
  • The Story of Former Prisoner of War M. Scheinman
  • The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising / B. Mark
Part 8. Executioners
  • The Racial Politics of Hitlerism and Anti-Semitism / Academician I. P. Trainin
  • Himmler's Order (From Freiss Deutschland, No. 23, 19 December 1943) / Major Berhhard Bechler
  • Text of a German Dispatch Found in the Region of Rossoshi among Staff Documents of the 15th German Police Regiment, Concluding Report
  • Executioners
    • From the Deposition of Captain Salog, Police Regiment Commander
    • Excerpts from the Diary of Prisoner of War Karl Johannes Drexel, Lance Corporal
    • From the Deposition of Private First Class Christian Farber
    • An Excerpt from the Protocol of the Cross-Examination of the Prisoner of War Lance Corporal Erich Heubaum
    • From the Deposition of the Prisoner of War Corporal Heinrich Michael Wenkriech
    • Form the Deposition of Wolfgang Janiko
    • From the Protocol of the Cross-Examination of the Prisoner of War Private First Class Albert Ender
    • Protocol of the Interrogation of Wilhelm Sudbrak
Physical Description xxxvi, 579 pages ; 26 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
RecognitionGifted in 2017 by Mark Dwor in memory of his mother's extended family killed on August 28, 1941 at Seta (Shat), Lithuania