Description - Together and Apart in Brzezany by Shimon Redlich
Based on interviews with Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians who lived in the small eastern Polish town of Brzezany before, during, and after World War II, together with extensive research into the historical record and his own childhood memories, historian Shimon Redlich reconstructs the changing relationships among Brzezany's three ethnic groups. The book details the history of Brzezany from the pre-war decades when members of the three communities remember living relatively amicably "together and apart" when Brzezany was part of independent Poland, through the tensions of Soviet rule from 1939 to 1941 and the trauma of the Nazi occupation from 1941 to 1944, to the recapture of the town by the Red Army in 1945. Each chronological chapter is introduced by Redlich's recollections, continues with an examination of the events as documented in local sources, and concludes with the observations of his interviewees. Historical and contemporary photographs of Brzezany and its inhabitants add immediacy to this fascinating excursion into history brought to life by those who lived through it, showing how events are remembered and interpreted often in very different ways.
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(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Author Biography - Shimon Redlich
Shimon Redlich, born in Poland and a survivor of the Holocaust, is an internationally distinguished specialist on the history of the Jews in Eastern Europe. He holds degrees from Hebrew University, Harvard University, and New York University. Redlich holds the Solly Yellin Chair in Lithuanian and East European Jewry and lectures on modern European history at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. His publications include War, Holocaust and Stalinism: A Documented History of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in the USSR and Propaganda and Nationalism in Wartime Russia.