Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 1, 2011 - History - 304 pages
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Derived by the author from interviews and oral histories, these eighty-nine original Hasidic tales about the Holocaust provide unprecedented witness, in a traditional idiom, to the victims' inner experience of "unspeakable" suffering. This volume constitutes the first collection of original Hasidic tales to be published in a century.

"An important work of scholarship and a sudden clear window onto the heretofore sealed world of the Hasidic reaction to the Holocaust. Its true stories and fanciful miracle tales are a profound and often poignant insight into the souls of those who suffered terribly at the hands of the Nazis and who managed somehow to use that very suffering as the raw material for their renewed lives." -- Chaim Potok

"A beautiful collection." -- Saul Bellow

"Yaffa Eliach provides us with stories that are wonderful and terrible -- true myths. We learn how people, when suffering dying, and surviving can call forth their humanity with starkness and clarity. She employs her scholarly gifts only to connect the tellers of the tales, who bear witness, to the reader who is stunned and enriched." -- Robert J. Lifton

"In the extensive literature on the Holocaust, this is a unique book. Through it we can attain a glimpse of the victims' inner life and spiritual resources. Yaffa Eliach has done a superb job." -- Jehuda Reinharz


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Review: Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust

User Review  - Leora Wenger - Goodreads

You might think a book called Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust would make you incredibly sad. Perhaps. Well, most probably. But perhaps also it will give strength, hope, inspiration. In the forward to ... Read full review

Review: Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust

User Review  - Joel Kleehammer - Goodreads

To read the tales from the Hasidic world, which almost disappeared entirely during the Holocaust, is both uplifting and saddening at the same time. These tales show you how even the victims of the most heinous human rights crimes can have a positive outlook when all is over. Read full review

Contents

Hovering above the Pit
3
Tonight We Have Only Matzah
16
God Is Everywhere But
29
A Shofar in a Coffee Cauldron
42
Gods Messenger the Grandson of the Pnei Yehoshua
55
Number 145053
68
The Shofar of the Rabbi of Radorzytz
84
The Blessing of the Munkacser Rebbe
100
Circumcision
151
The Grandson of the Arugat HaBosern
164
A Hill in Bergen Belsen
177
FOUR
193
A Kvitl on the Frankfurters Grave
200
Two Funerals
213
Reioining the Human Race
226
Notes
241

A Sip of Coffee
114
The Yeshiva Student
128
The Mosaic Artists Apprentice
132

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About the author (2011)

Eliach is a professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College

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