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Voices From the Holocaust

Harry James Cargas

Publication Year: 2013

" Interviews with: Yitzhak Arad Leo Eitinger Emil Fackenheim Whitney Harris Jan Karski Arnost Lusting Mordecai Paldiel Marion Pritchard Dorothee Soelle Leon Wells Elie Wiesel Simon Wiesenthal The late Harry James Cargas was professor emeritus of literature and language at Webster University and author of thirty-two books, including Problems Unique to the Holocaust.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

To the extent that the interviews appearing in this book are successful, a measure of trust between the conversants may be presumed by the reader. That each of the participants accorded me his or her trust is in every case a gift I treasure. To reflect on the thought that each of these people with...

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pp. ix-xx

For many years I have been studying the Holocaust from various perspectives. I did so first as a father, next as a Christian, third as a student, now as a writer and teacher. The event has overwhelmed my thinking in all of these areas. I would not have it any other way. Although I did not realize that a...

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Arnost Lustig

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pp. 1-28

Amost Lustig's books and stories have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Polish, German, Japanese, Hindi, Yiddish, Esperanto, and French. His best known fiction deals with the Holocaust experience of children. He himself survived the Holocaust as a boy...

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Simon Wiesenthal

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pp. 29-37

Simon Wiesenthal was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp for over four years. He has helped to establish important survivor organizations. Before founding the world-famed Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, he established a similar institution in Linz, Austria, which flourished from 1947 to 1954. Their objective was to bring war criminals to...

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Yitzhak Arad

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pp. 38-45

Dr. Yitzhak Arad was one of the legendary resistance fighters of the Jewish Underground during World War II. Though barely beyond the age of childhood, he escaped from the Jewish ghetto at Vilna, Lithuania, and became an active combatant and a leader of this movement, fighting in the forests...

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Mordecai Paldiel

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pp. 46-55

In 1982, Dr. Mordecai Paldiel was appointed Director of the Department for the Righteous at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial authority in Jerusalem. His duty as director is to oversee the investigations of cases in which non-Jews are nominated to be recognized for heroism in aiding Jews during the Shoah...

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Jan Karski

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pp. 56-65

For his extraordinary efforts to assist Jews during the Holocaust, Jan Karski, a Polish Catholic diplomat, was recognized as an authentic hero and benefactor by Yad Vashem, where a tree bearing his name was planted in the "Alley of the Righteous Gentiles among the Nations." ...

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Marion Pritchard

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pp. 66-81

In 1983, Marion P. van Binsbergen Pritchard was honored at Yad Vashem for her heroism in saving Jews from Nazi persecution in Holland.
Mter witnessing the public abuse of Jewish children by Nazis, Pritchard, six other young Christians, and two Jewish...

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Leon Wells

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pp. 82-96

Dr. Leon Wells was taken by the Nazis from his native city of Lvov, Poland, in 1941 and interned in the Janowska concentration camp. He escaped but was recaptured and assigned to what was known as the "Death Brigade," reflecting his youth and relative good health. The Death Brigade was to...

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Whitney Harris

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pp. 97-115

Whitney Harris was one of the principal members of the U.S. prosecution staff at the Nuremberg trials. During his interrogation of the head of the Interior Intelligence Service in the Third Reich, Otto Ohlendorf, a major breakthrough in the Allied case against the Nazi war criminals occurred. Ohlendorf...

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Leo Eitinger

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pp. 116-122

Dr. Leo Eitinger was hom in Czechoslovakia in 1912. In 1939, at the age of twenty-seven, he fled his native country for Scandinavia to escape the Nazi threat. He was captured in Norway and spent much of the war in Auschwitz, where he was able to survive by exchanging identities with a dead, non-Jewish victim. He is one...

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Dorothee Soelle

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pp. 123-130

Dorothee Soelle, a leading German Protestant theologian, co-founded with her husband, Fullbert Stefensky; an ecumenical group called Political Evening Prayer, a movement of theological-political reflection and action. Her writings and lectures have made her a major figure in Jewish-Christian...

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Emil Fackenheim

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pp. 131-156

Dr. Emil Fackenheim was born in Halle, Germany, and has long been considered one of the premier Jewish theologians of the post-World War II period. His writings about the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish religious thinking have been widely influential...

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Elie Wiesel

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pp. 157-162

Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. As artist and activist, writer and peacemaker, he was recognized for his works on behalf of Jewish Holocaust survivors, Cambodians, victims of apartheid, Central American...

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pp. 163-164

E-ISBN-13: 9780813144146
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813118024

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2013