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New York: William Morrow, 2020. First Edition [stated]. Second printing [stated]. Hardcover. xii, , 558,  pages. Illustrated endpapers. Cast of Characters. Map of Poland, Illustrations. Author's Note on Research. Notes. Bibliography. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Judy was born and raised in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Yiddish and Hebrew. She studied the history of science at Harvard then moved to London to pursue a Ph.D. in art history. Judy wrote essays and articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, the Forward, Salon, the Jerusalem Post and many other publications. Her stories about family relationships, the generational transmission of trauma, pathological hoarding and militant minimalism came together in her book White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between (NAL/Penguin, 2016). Back in 2007, during her phase of career promiscuity, Judy was doing research on strong Jewish women at the British Library when she happened to come across a dusty, old Yiddish book. Freuen in di Ghettos (Women in the Ghettos), a Yiddish thriller about “ghetto girls” who hid revolvers in teddy bears, bribed Nazis with whiskey and pastry, and blew up German supply trains, became the inspiration for The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos. The Light of Days is a New York Times bestseller and won a National Jewish Book Award and a Canadian Jewish Literary Award. It was adapted into an award-winning children’s book, will be translated into 22 languages, and was optioned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, for whom Judy is co-writing the screenplay.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1974. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. xi, , 350,  pages. DJ has several small tears and chips. Includes Preface, Introduction: The First Fifteen Years, six chapters. Conclusion, Notes, Bibliography, and Index. Also includes an Appendix on the Income and Expenditure of JDC: 1914-1939, as well as 20 black and white tables in the text. A card from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, with the compliments of Chairman Edward Ginsburg of the Committee, is laid in at the front of the book. This book deals with the efforts of American Jews--through their overseas aid organization, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee--to come to the aid of European Jewry in the crucial prewar decade, 1929-1939. Yehuda Bauer (born April 6, 1926) is an Israeli historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His family migrated to Palestine by managing to get past Nazi officials on a train which slipped them over the border into Poland, from which they moved, via Romania, to Palestine. He joined the Palmach and fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He was the founding editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and served on the editorial board of the Encyclopaedia of the Holocaust, published by Yad Vashem in 1990. During the years, 1933–1939, in which America was in the Great Depression, the Jewish Distribution Committee was able to aid over 190,000 Jews in their escape from a Nazi-occupied Germany. Of the 190,000 Jews, 80,000 were able to escape Europe completely.
New York, N.Y. Franklin Watts, 1982. Later printing. Trade paperback. 398 pages. Some ink underlining and marks noted. Includes List of Maps and Charts; List of Tables; and Preface. Also includes chapters on Who Are the Jews?; Liberalism, Emancipation, and Antisemitism; World War I and Its Aftermath; The Weimar Republic; The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, 1933-1938; German Jewry in the Prewar Era, 1933-1938; Poland--The Siege Begins; Life in the Ghettoes; The "Final Solution"; West European Jewry, 1940-1944; Resistance; Rescue; The Last Years of the Holocaust, 1943-1945; Aftermath and Revival; Appendix: Himmler's "Reflections on the Treatment of Peoples of Alien Races in the East". Includes 18 black and white maps and charts, and 14 black and white tables. Also includes Notes, Bibliography, and Index. Yehuda Bauer (born April 6, 1926) is an Israeli historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a professor of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bauer at sixteen, inspired by his history teacher, Rachel Krulik, he decided to dedicate himself to studying history. Upon completing high school, he joined the Palmach. He attended Cardiff University in Wales on a British scholarship, interrupting his studies to fight in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, after which he completed his degree. Bauer returned to Israel and began his graduate work in history at the Hebrew University. He received his doctorate in 1960 for a thesis on the British Mandate of Palestine. The following year, he began teaching at the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. He was the founding editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997. Second Printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xxviii, , 250,  pages. Sticker residue on back cover. An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon. Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other. Dora was a cavernous underground factory cut out of solid rock, where thousands of prisoners beaten, starved, killed, and living underground for weeks at a time. The purpose of all this brutality was to build the world’s first operational rockets: the V-1 and V-2 missiles, Hitler’s vengeance weapons. Some of Germany’s most brilliant engineers were involved with production at Dora, including Werner von Braun, who after the war went on to become the father of the American space program. It was his Saturn V rocket, designed with the help of his wartime comrades, that put the first man on the moon; while the Saturn V project was headed by the same man who had been the director of slave labor in Dora. In fact, some of the very rockets built in Dora were packed up after the war and shipped to New Mexico to serve as the seeds of the U.S. space program. The greatest technological achievement of the twentieth century had its origins in the enslavement and murder of thousands of innocent people, the down payment of a Faustian bargain that still tarnishes the foundation of our reach for the stars.
Secaucus, NJ: A Birch Lane Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1998. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xi, 212 pages. Pages 85-88 have a crease. Signed and dated on the front free endpaper by the author, Kathryn Bernhelmer. Contains Acknowledgments, Introduction, the fifty films, Afterword, Bibliography and Index. Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies is the first book to review and rank movies depicting the Jewish experience, and it offers a fascinating guided tour through film history. This entertaining and illuminating collection of in-depth reviews, enhanced by fifty stunning movie stills, is filled with fascinating biographical and historical information. Do you know that Hollywood did not begin to address the horrors of the Holocaust until fourteen years after the end of World War II? Or that it was not until the 1960s that Jewish actors were routinely presented to the public without having their ethnic identity airbrushed? The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies provides a culturally sensitive critique of how Jews have been, and continue to be, defined.
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xvi, 380,  pages. Map. Appendix A-F. Bibliography. Inscribed and dated by the author on the title page. Signed sentiment added in ink on Dedication page. Minor red edge stain. The author is a mission-driven professional with extraordinary ability to generate ideas, advance project goals, find solutions, contact and connect people, inspiring individuals to take action to achieve desired results. Requested and arranged private audiences with Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. She developed a pilot program that included building a website, creating curricula and academic guidelines for students and teachers to research a World War II veteran. American students studying in Florence, Italy participated in commemoration programs for Memorial Day and Veterans Day with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, U.S. Ambassador John R. Phillips and Brigadier General John Hort which resulted in the creation of a video of the two commemorations.
New York: Times Books [Random House], 1997. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. xviii, 810,  pages. Illustrations. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. Very slight wear to DJ edges. Anthony Bianco is a senior writer at Business Week. He is the author of two books, The Reichmanns: Family, Faith, Fortune and the Empire of the Olympia & York and Rainmaker: The Saga of Jeff Beck, Wall Street's Mad Dog. He lives in New York City. The Reichmanns of Toronto were one of the ten wealthiest families in the world; they lost their wealth when Paul Reichmann risked everything on a property development project on London's East End which imploded, leading to the loss of ten billion dollars. The family straddled the disparate worlds of casino capitalism and Jewish fundamentalism. The commercial empire built by the Reichmanns was one of the greatest the world has ever seen. Their stunning rise and their tremendous fall is one of the great stories of our century, all the more astounding because they have been and remain ultra-Orthodox. Business Week reporter Anthony Bianco expertly balances the Reichmanns' business dealings with a penetrating look at the hidden world of ultra-Orthodoxy. He has obtained exclusive and unprecedented interviews with all of the major family members. Their story is both a thrilling business narrative and an engrossing investigation of the intersection of values, tradition, and commerce.
New York: The Viking Press, 1981. First Edition. Presumed first printing. Hardcover. xii, 218,  pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Bibliography. DJ somewhat scuffed and some edge wear. Inscribed by the author. John David Bierman, journalist and author, born January 26 1929; died January 4 2006. John Bierman was one of the last of a generation of buccaneering reporters and writers who pursued successful careers across the media. Newspaper reporter, editor, radio correspondent, television "fireman", documentary maker and, finally, acclaimed historian, Bierman excelled at each, in a working life that reached back to the days of plate cameras and reporters in trilbies. Bierman's breakthrough book was Righteous Gentile: The Story of Raoul Wallenberg (1981), which brought to international attention the then largely neglected story of the Swedish diplomat who rescued Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. Bierman's words are inscribed on Wallenberg's statue in central London: "The 20th century spawned two of history's vilest tyrannies. Raoul Wallenberg outwitted the first but was swallowed up by the second. His triumph over Nazi genocide reminds us that the courageous and committed individual can prevail against even the cruelest state machine. The fate of the six million Jews he was unable to rescue reminds us of the evil to which racist ideas can drive whole nations. Finally, his imprisonment reminds us not only of Soviet brutality but also of the ignorance and indifference which led the free world to abandon him. We must never forget these lessons."
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. First American Edition [stated], 1st Printing [stated]. Hardcover. vii, , 544,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Anna Bikont (born 17 July 1954) is a psychologist and writer associated with the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper since its inception in 1989. Anna Bikont got her MA in Psychology in the Warsaw University, and worked there until 1988. Between 1982 and 1989 She was an underground Solidarity activist; co-founder and editor of Tygodnik Mazowsze weekly, Poland's largest underground publication. She was a co-founder of Gazeta Wyborcza, where she still works today as senior journalist. Her book 'Le Crime et le Silence' won the European Book Prize in 2011.
Washington, DC [?]: Jacqueline Mendels Birn, 2013. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. 213,  pages. Footnotes. Illustrations. Selected Bibliography. Selected Filmography. Inscribed by the author on the photograph page. Inscription reads February 2014 To Harry, With all my hopes for a better future for humanity. Jacqueline Birn. Jacqueline was born on April 23, 1935 in Paris, France. Jacqueline had a normal childhood before the outbreak of the war in 1939, but everything changed in May 1940 when Germany invaded France. In the early days of the invasion the bombardments often forced the family to don gas masks and seek shelter in the cellar of their apartment building. Shortly after the invasion they fled to Deux-Sèvres, but returned to Paris after the armistice was signed and Jacqueline and Manuela were able to attend the local public school that September. In July 1941, the Vichy government instituted a program of “Aryanization” and although her father was forced to sell his share of the business to his non-Jewish partner, he continued to work and would hide in a back room if someone came in. In June 1942 French Jews were ordered to wear the yellow Star of David and the following month 13,000 Jews were rounded up and sent to the Drancy transit camp where most were deported to Auschwitz. Most of the roundups took place in areas of Paris with a high concentration of foreign Jews, but the Mendels lived in a primarily Catholic, French neighborhood where they were one of only a few Jewish families and the authorities did not come for them.
New York: Holmes *& Meier Publishers, Inc., 1992. Fourth Printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xvi, 255,  pages. Illustrations (some in color). Maps. Select Bibliography. A Note from the Photographer. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Inscribed on half-title by Rabbi Malka Drucker. Prologue by Cynthia Ozick. Afterword by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Cover has sticker that says "Now a Showtime Original Picture". Gay Block (born 1942) is a fine art portrait photographer. Her work is shown in books, and is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, and other major museums. Block collaborated with Rabbi Malka Drucker, and created Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, both a book and traveling exhibit. Block and Drucker traveled to eleven countries and photographed over 100 Christians who had helped rescue Jews during the Holocaust. The exhibit has been seen in over fifty venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, in 1992. Block's full color portraits accompany each narrative.