The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust: A-J

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NYU Press, 2001 - Africa, North - 1769 pages
This three-volume encyclopedia, abridged from a 30-volume set in Hebrew and with a foreword by Elie Wiesel, chronicles Jewish life before and during the Holocaust. Arranged alphabetically by town, thousands of entries explore centuries of Jewish life. Some entries, particularly for large cities, provide information on Jewish residents as early as the Middle Ages and discuss the fate of Jews during the Black Death persecutions (1348-1349) and various pogroms from the 17th to 20th centuries. Each entry provides 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. Includes more than 600 black-and-white photographs.

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I found this book to be very informative and helpful in researching the town my ancestors lived in prior to World War I. The information provided the leads I needed to further investigate my family history.

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Geoffrey Wigoder, Dr. Geoffrey Wigoder was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica. Since 1984, he served as the Israel delegate on the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations. He published numerous incisive commentaries on the state of Jewish-Christian relations. Wanting to foster a better understanding of Jews and Judaism, Dr. Wigoder wrote "Jewish-Christian Relations after World War II" (1988), which brought a vast amount of empathetic understanding, and "Jewish-Christian Interfaith Relations: Agendas for Tomorrow" (1998). Geoffrey Wigoder, broadcaster, scholar and editor of Judaica, died on April 9, 1999 in Jerusalem.

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