This volume sheds light on two brilliant but lesser known ghetto journalists: Josef Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski. An ordained rabbi, Zelkowicz became a key member of the archive in the Lodz ghetto. Opoczynski was a journalist and mailman who contributed to the Warsaw ghetto's secret Oyneg Shabes archive. While other ghetto writers sought to create an objective record of their circumstances, Zelkowicz and Opoczynski chronicled daily life and Jewish responses to ghettoization by the Nazis with powerful immediacy. Expertly translated by David Suchoff, with an elegant introduction by Samuel Kassow, these profound writings are at last accessible to contemporary readers.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 21 mm
"In Those Nightmarish Days is a masterpiece of Holocaust literature. The writings of Opoczynski and Zelkowicz prove that, even in the face of extermination, great literature can provide a trustworthy historical record, an imaginative counterforce, and a lasting witness."- Eric Sundquist, Johns Hopkins University
"The vivid writing and able translations of the wartime essays make this book a powerful read. Kassow's introduction, deeply informed by scholarship, is eloquent and provides the contexts that bring the essays to life."-Sara R.Horowitz, York University