Together and Apart in Brzezany

Together and Apart in Brzezany

Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, 1919-1945
Shimon Redlich
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/03/2002
Format: Hardback 39 b&w photos, 5 maps, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34074-0
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2001-02 National Jewish Book Award Finalist

... by reconstructing the history/experience of Brzezany in Jewish, Ukrainian, and Polish memories [Redlich] has produced a beautiful parallel narrative of a world that was lost three times over.... a truly wonderful achievement." —Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors

Shimon Redlich draws on the historical record, his own childhood memories, and interviews with Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians who lived in the small eastern Polish town of Brzezany to construct this account of the changing relationships among the town’s three ethnic groups before, during, and after World War II. He details the history of Brzezany from the prewar decades (when it was part of independent Poland and members of the three communities remember living relatively amicably "together and apart"), through the tensions of Soviet rule, the trauma of the Nazi occupation, and the recapture of the town by the Red Army in 1945. Historical and contemporary photographs of Brzezany and its inhabitants add immediacy to this fascinating excursion into history brought to life, from differing perspectives, by those who lived through it.

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
ONE: My Return
TWO: Close and Distant Neighbors
THREE: The Good Years, 1919–1939
FOUR: The Soviet Interlude, 1939–1941
FIVE: The German Occupation, 1941–1944
SIX: The Aftermath, 1944–1945
SEVEN: Their Return
Concluding Remarks
Abbreviations of Names of Archives
Bibliography and Abbreviations