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The last Jews of Eastern Europe

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Call Number947 S92L
Dates1987; ©1986
Statement of Responsibilitytext by Yale Strom ; illustrations by Brian Blue and Yale Strom ; with a preface by George Schwab.
Creators & ContributorsStrom, Yale (author)
Blue, Brian (illustrator)
Strom, Yale (illustrator)
Schwab, George (contributor)
SummaryThis moving photo documentary shows the everyday lives of the Jewish people in twenty-eight communities in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the U.S.S.R. and Yugoslavia. During the winter of 1984-1985 Yale Strom and Brian Blue traveled behind the Iron Curtain to discover these diminished yet thriving Jewish communities. 

We meet the survivors of the Holocaust, the children who carry the hope for the future, the shopkeepers, shokhets, and students. We see the synagogues—those abandoned and destroyed by acts of anti-Semitism and those still in use—and the congregations struggling to make a minyan. We go inside the kosher kitchens, one of the few places for Jews to socialize freely, and to the ancient Jewish cemeteries, many seriously vandalized.

As we follow the author's journey, we see the world of past generations, a world that is slowly disappearing. The Last Jews of Eastern Europe is a tribute and a monument to those that remain to tell their stories. —Book jacket 
Contents
  • Preface / George Schwab
  • A Tree Still Stands
  • U.S.S.R.
              Kishinev, Odessa
  • Poland
              Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dzierzoniow, Walbrzych
  • Czechoslovakia
              Prague, Kosice, Bratislava
  • Hungary
              Budapest, Pomaz and Vac, Miskolc, Nyiregyhaza and Nagykallo, Debrecen
  • Romania
              Bucharest, Dorohoi, Iasi, Cluj, Roman
  • Yugoslavia
             Zagreb, Sarajevo, Novi-Sad, Belgrade
  • Bulgaria
              Sofia, Plovdiv
Physical Description 51 pages, 150 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 32 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : Philosophical Library
RecognitionGifted in 1994 by the Eisner family in memory of Joseph Eisner