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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust


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Dr. Shmuel Spector is an editor, teacher and writer. Formerly the secretary general of Yad Vashem, he is currently the director of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities project. Geoffrey Wigoder was Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica. Fred Skolnik is senior editor for the Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust (NYU Press, 2001).


"Monumental ... The book provides a wealth of information" --Jewish Virtual Library "The Encylopedia of Jewish Life will be a standard ... for a long time." --Religious Studies Review "This important and well-illustrated summary of the 22-volume Hebrew-language Pinkasei Kehillot provides information often hard to find about some 6,500 European (and some North African) Jewish communities that were destroyed or greatly affected by the Holocaust ... Highly recommended" --Choice "Rich and rewarding, of inestimable value" --Elie Wiesel "Majestic... thousands of entries explore centuries of Jewish life... Each entry provides vital information on the town's Jewish inhabitants on the eve of German occupation, gives the dates of Jewish roundups and mass executions and estimates how many Jews from that community survived the war... But the encyclopedia offers more than statistics: the numbers come to life through more than 600 black-and-white photographs, most of which are from the archives of Israel's Yad Vashem museum... This three-volume set is a required acquisition for libraries and anyone interested in Jewish studies." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Most of the research and writing on the Holocaust documents the process of destruction and not what was destroyed. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust fills that gap, and does so in a comprehensive and exacting fashion. It is a welcome addition." --Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies Director, Institute for Jewish Studies Emory University "Based on extensive archival and bibliographic research, the Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust is a major contribution to modern Jewish history. The entries are precise, clear and reliable. The photos are priceless and often rare. This work will be indispensable to scholars and the general public." --Jehuda Reinharz, Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and President, Brandeis University "Eagerly awaited" --Library Journal, April 15, 2002 " outstanding tribute to the vanished communities as well as a valuable document. It shows users how old and respecte communities such as that of Tunis, dating from the tenth century B.C.E., and Vilna, from the fifteenth century A.D., were systematically destroyed. By preserving their memory, the editors have created a valuable resource for students, scholars, genealogists, and anyone interested in modern history. They have given the dead a monument and a name." --Booklist "The most comprehensive work of its kind in English." -- Hadassah Magazine

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