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The emperor of lies

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The emperor of lies
Call No: 839.74 S47e

Call Number839.74 S47e
Dates2011; ©2011
Statement of ResponsibilitySteven Sem-Sandberg ; translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death.
Creators & ContributorsSem-Sandberg, Steve (author)
Death, Sarah (translator)
Rumkowski, Mordecai Ḥayim (subject)
Summary"In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second-largest Jewish ghetto, in the Polish city of Łódź. The leader they appointed was Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director—and the elusive, authoritarian power sustaining the ghetto’s very existence... The Emperor of Lies chronicles the tale of Rumkowski’s monarchical rule over a quarter-million Jews for the next four and a half years. Driven by a titanic ambition, he sought to transform the ghetto into a productive industrial complex and strove to make it—and himself—indispensable to the Nazi regime. These compromises would have extraordinary consequences not only for Rumkowski but for everyone living in the ghetto. Drawing on the detailed records of life in Łódź, Steve Sem-Sandberg... captures the full panorama of human resilience and probes deeply into the nature of evil. Through the dramatic narrative, he asks the most difficult questions: Was Rumkowski a ruthless opportunist, an accessory to the Nazi regime motivated by a lust for power? Or was he a pragmatist who managed to save Jewish lives through his collaboration policies? How did the inhabitants of the ghetto survive in such extreme circumstances?" —Publisher
  • Map of the Łódź Ghetto
  • Memorandum
  • Prologue: The Chairman Alone (1–4 September 1942)
  • Within the Walls (April 1940–September 1942)
  • The Child (September 1942–January 1944)
  • The Last City (September 1942–August 1944)
  • Seeing in the Dark (August 1944–January 1945)
  • Afterword
  • Main Characters
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary
Physical Description 664 pages : map ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death.
PublisherToronto : Anansi International
  • Translation of: Fattiga i Łódź
  • "English translation originally published in 2011 by Faber and Faber Ltd., in Great Britain" —Title page verso
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Kit Krieger in memory of Else Dunner (z'l)