In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage Of Peretz Opoczynski And Josef Zelkowicz

Paperback | November 10, 2015

byPeretz Opoczynski, Josef ZelkowiczTranslated byDavid Suchoff

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This volume sheds light on two brilliant but lesser known ghetto journalists: Josef Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski. An ordained rabbi, Zelkowicz became a key member of the archive in the Lodz ghetto. Opoczynski was a journalist and mailman who contributed to the Warsaw ghetto’s secret Oyneg Shabes archive. While other ghetto writers sought to create an objective record of their circumstances, Zelkowicz and Opoczynski chronicled daily life and Jewish responses to ghettoization by the Nazis with powerful immediacy. Expertly translated by David Suchoff, with an elegant introduction by Samuel Kassow, these profound writings are at last accessible to contemporary readers.

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This volume sheds light on two brilliant but lesser known ghetto journalists: Josef Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski. An ordained rabbi, Zelkowicz became a key member of the archive in the Lodz ghetto. Opoczynski was a journalist and mailman who contributed to the Warsaw ghetto’s secret Oyneg Shabes archive. While other ghetto writers s...

Josef Zelkowicz (1897–1944), an ethnographer and professional Yiddish journalist before the war, was deported to Auschwitz in 1944, when he perished. Peretz Opoczynski (1892–1943), a journalist by profession, found work as a mailman in the Warsaw ghetto after the war started, and wrote many pieces for the secret archive until he was mo...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300112319

ISBN - 13:9780300112313

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“One hopes this abridged edition will bring Opoczynski and Zelkowicz the attention they deserve.”—Choice