““Professor Redlich has made a remarkable effort to transcend narrow ethnic perspectives in telling this sad and shocking story. . . . This is a moving and impressive book. . . . Its significance extends far beyond the context of local or regional history.” —Antony Polonsky
“. . . 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
Noted historian and Holocaust survivor Shimon Redlich tells the tragic story of the multiethnic community of Brzezany, in eastern Galacia, in the years 1919-1945, based on historical sources and on the memories of its former inhabitants, including those of the author.”
“Redlich (Ben-Gurion Univ.) wears several hats: he is a Holocaust survivor, a historian, and a sentimental returnee to his childhood hometown, Brzezany. He endeavors to meld a strand of idyllic memory of life in a multicultural town where Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians lived side by side with the nightmare that the Germans brought to his community. Since the author was only five years old when WW II began, he relied mostly on the historian in his persona to reconstruct the story of his and the town's travails. The narrative is basically chronological, beginning with the Soviet occupation of Brzezany and ending with the Red Army's return in 1944. The book's core is about the Holocaust, how the town's Jews were killed, and how part of Redlich's family managed to survive with the help of local Ukrainians. Each chapter is introduced, before the historian takes over, by the child's memories in italics. Redlich tells his tale without bitterness or stereotyping any of the people with whom he grew up. Well footnoted, the book is recommended for all college and public libraries.”
— A. Ezergailis, Ithaca College , 2002dec CHOICE.