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" Holocaust survivor Harry Gordon recalls in brutal detail the anguished years of his youth, a youth spent struggling to survive in a Lithuanian concentration camp. A memoir about hope and resilience, The Shadow of Death describes the invasion of Kovno by the Red Army and the impact of Soviet occupation from the perspective of the ghetto's weakest and poorest class. It also serves as a reminder that the Germans were not alone responsible for the persecution and extermination of Jews.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1. Before the War
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. The Russian Invasion
  2. pp. 9-21
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  1. 3. The War Begins
  2. pp. 22-36
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  1. 4. The Purge of Slobodka
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. 5. Moving to the Ghetto
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. 6. In the Ghetto
  2. pp. 43-45
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  1. 7. The Collection of Valuables
  2. pp. 46-49
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  1. 8. The First Practice Massacre
  2. pp. 50-54
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  1. 9. The Airfield Work Brigade
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. 10. The Liquidation of the Little Ghetto
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. 11. Life in the Big Ghetto
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. 12. The Big Liquidation
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. 13. The Workshops and the Small Brigades
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. 14. The Jewish Police
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. 15. New Life and New Work
  2. pp. 75-87
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  1. 16. Koshedar
  2. pp. 88-98
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  1. 17. Back in the Ghetto
  2. pp. 99-105
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  1. 18. Escape from the Ghetto
  2. pp. 106-114
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  1. 19. A New Work Brigade
  2. pp. 115-117
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  1. 20. Red Plantation
  2. pp. 118-121
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  1. 21. The Obersturmbannf├╝hrer
  2. pp. 122-125
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  1. 22. The Liquidation of the Helpless
  2. pp. 126-130
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  1. 23. The Partisans in the Woods
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. 24. Kazlu Ruda and Escape
  2. pp. 135-138
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  1. 25. Deportation to the Concentration Camps
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. Plates 1-Plates 8
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  1. 26. Auschwitz
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. 27. Dachau, Camp Number One
  2. pp. 147-151
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  1. 28. The Sick Camp
  2. pp. 152-156
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  1. 29. Liberation
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. 30. In the Hospital
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. 31. The DP Camp
  2. pp. 166-170
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  1. 32. The Voyage to the United States
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. 33. The New Life
  2. pp. 173-178
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