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Introduction

Barbara Epstein

in The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520242425
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242425.003.0001
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This project began in the summer of 1997, when the author was studying Yiddish at the Vilnius Summer Program in Yiddish. His major assignment was to research and write a paper on the Jewish history in Vilnius, however, his discovery of people how had participated in the Minsk underground ghetto paved the way for the emergence of this book, which centers on the Minsk ghetto resistance. The book is based on the accounts of the survivors of the Holocaust. To eliminate questions of accuracy and truthfulness, the author checked different people's accounts of the same events against each other. The author also referred to the memoirs available at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Yad Archives, and the KGB Archives. The author also refers to other important documents such as the memoirs of Anna Krasnopyorko, a Minsk ghetto survivor; At Crossroads of Fate, a collection of memoirs of ghetto survivors and Byelorussians who aided Jews; and Children of the Minsk Ghetto by Grigori Rozinsky. Other sources that were instrumental include three official Soviet documents and unpublished accounts of the Minsk ghetto.

Keywords: Yiddish; Jewish history; Minsk underground ghetto; Minsk ghetto resistance; Holocaust; Minsk; ghetto survivors; Byelorussians; Jews

Chapter.  4575 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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