Kaddish for Kovno: Life and Death in a Lithuanian Ghetto, 1941-1945

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Chicago Review Press, Mar 1, 1999 - Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - 398 pages
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In Kaddish for Kovno (the Kaddish is a prayer for the dead) William W Mishell documents in passionate detail the creation and then the obliteration of ghetto Kovno in Lithuania during the Nazi occupation of World War II. It is a troy of ingenuity and heroism as well as of horror and destruction. It illuminates the indomitable human spirit as the Jews of Kovno secured food, smuggled children to safety, set up hospitals, and even organised a ghetto orchestra in the face of numbing deprivations and brutality. A gripping account of four years no human could forget.

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Amazingly detailed, well documented account. Not maudlin, he's very scientific and honest about his account, but that makes it even more horrific and heartbreaking. Read full review


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Mishell was one of a handful of Jews to survive the Nazi occupation of Lithuania.

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