The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews - Modern Jewish History (Hardback)
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The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews - Modern Jewish History (Hardback)

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Hardback 182 Pages / Published: 30/04/2014
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Preserving the collective memory of a community that is no more.

Seven decades after the Nazis annihilated the Jewish community of Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland, comes a gripping eyewitness narrative told by one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust, as well as through first-hand accounts of other Tomaszow survivors. This unique communal memoir presents a rare view of Eastern European Jewry, before, during, and after World War II. It is both the memoir of a child and of a lost Jewish community, an unvarnished story in which disputes, controversy, and scandal all play a role in capturing the true flavor of life in this time and place.

Nearly 14,000 Jews, one-third of the town's population, resided in Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, before World War II, many making their living as tailors and seamstresses. Only 250 of them survived the Holocaust, in part because of their skill with a needle and thread.

Engaging and highly accessible, The Tailors of Tomaszow is a powerful resource for educators and a compelling read for anyone wishing to gain a deeper, more personal understanding of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust.

Publisher: Texas Tech Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780896728769
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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One of the truly original Holocaust memoirs, "The Tailors of Tomaszow" tracks a family, and a small Polish town, along the most horrific of railroad tracks. Given that this is a Holocaust tale, very few of these Polish Jews will survive. But among those who do lies the secret of fortuity, endurance, and a special skill set where a needle and thread meant the difference between life and death, and the repair of fabrics worn during wartime by the most evil of men would one day allow these broken and resourceful tailors to repair the frayed fabric of their lives with dignity and great longing for what could never be sewed back together.
--Thane Rosenbaum, author of "The Stranger Within Sarah Stein", "The Golems of Gotham", and "Second Hand Smoke"
This heartbreaking documentary is not of just one Holocaust child survivor; it is a tapestry of the Jewish tailors and their families in Tomaszow. The minute details that record an Eastern European life pre-Holocaust are precious, as is the record of death and survival in the face of the barbaric plan to annihilate all Jews. An unforgettable narrative.
Eva Fogelman, author of "Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust"

Unforgettable. "The Tailors of Tomaszow" is a genuine and truly insightful portrait of European Jewry's lost culture from the perspective of a child, as well as her teenage and young adult neighbors. It is a fascinating story of survival whose deeply engaging eyewitness testimony adds new detail and insight to our knowledge of the Holocaust. "The Tailors of Tomaszow is "a great resource for students of all ages seeking to understand the consequences of hatred. As such, I urge you to read this important communal memoir.
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor from Poland

One of the truly original Holocaust memoirs, "The Tailors of Tomaszow" tracks a family, and a small Polish town, along the most horrific of railroad tracks. Given that this is a Holocaust tale, very few of these Polish Jews will survive. But among those who do lies the secret of fortuity, endurance, and a special skill set where a needle and thread meant the difference between life and death, and the repair of fabrics worn during wartime by the most evil of men would one day allow these broken and resourceful tailors to repair the frayed fabric of their lives with dignity and great longing for what could never be sewed back together.
Thane Rosenbaum, author of "The Stranger Within Sarah Stein", "The Golems of Gotham", and "Second Hand Smoke"

This is truly an amazing and powerful read. "The Tailors of Tomaszow" is a critically important work of history especially as we lose the eyewitness accounts of Holocaust survivors. Rena Margulies Chernoff and Allan Chernoff have done all of us a real service.
--Wolf Blitzer, CNN Anchor
This heartbreaking documentary is not of just one Holocaust child survivor; it is a tapestry of the Jewish tailors and their families in Tomaszow. The minute details that record an Eastern European life pre-Holocaust are precious, as is the record of death and survival in the face of the barbaric plan to annihilate all Jews. An unforgettable narrative.
--Eva Fogelman, author of "Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust"
Unforgettable. "The Tailors of Tomaszow" is a genuine and truly insightful portrait of European Jewry s lost culture from the perspective of a child, as well as her teenage and young adult neighbors. It is a fascinating story of survival whose deeply engaging eyewitness testimony adds new detail and insight to our knowledge of the Holocaust. "The Tailors of Tomaszow is "a great resource for students of all ages seeking to understand the consequences of hatred. As such, I urge you to read this important communal memoir.
--Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor from Poland
One of the truly original Holocaust memoirs, "The Tailors of Tomaszow" tracks a family, and a small Polish town, along the most horrific of railroad tracks. Given that this is a Holocaust tale, very few of these Polish Jews will survive. But among those who do lies the secret of fortuity, endurance, and a special skill set where a needle and thread meant the difference between life and death, and the repair of fabrics worn during wartime by the most evil of men would one day allow these broken and resourceful tailors to repair the frayed fabric of their lives with dignity and great longing for what could never be sewed back together.
--Thane Rosenbaum, author of "The Stranger Within Sarah Stein," "The Golems of Gotham," and "Second Hand Smoke"
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