Item description for The Gurs Haggadah: Passover in Perdition by Bella Gutterman...
Reveals how the inmates of the Gurs Concentration Camp, in France, continued to live a religious and spiritual life despite the everyday hardships and terrors. Includes a facsimile of the hand written Haggadah used by the inmates to celebrate Passover, the Holiday of Freedom. A section is devoted to the life of the rabbi who helped the inmates survive the rigors of the camp.
1) This is the first book in English on the Gurs Concentration Camp in France 2) The Editors work for Yad Vashem, the world renown Holocaust Museum and publisher of Holocaust books and material. They themselves survived the Gurs Concentration Camp. 3) Photographs and illustrations of the Gurs Camp featured throughout. 4) Reproduction of the hand written Haggadah by the rabbi of Gurs who pieced the service together from memory by one of the community leaders and edited by the Rabbi of Gurs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.32" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.56" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Devora Publishing
ISBN 1930143338 ISBN13 9781930143333
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Enhanced with a profusion of historical photographs Jun 7, 2004
In 1941, the Jewish prisoners held for deporation and eventual execution by the Nazis in the southwestern French Gurs Detention Camp decided to hold a Seder on Pasover (the Jewish "Holiday of Freedom") in order to assert their own inner sense of freedom from the terror of horrific oppression. Collaboratively compiled and edited by Bella Gutterman (Director of Publications for Yad Vashem - the oldest Holocaust Museum in the world), with the material assistance of Naomi Morgenstern, The Gurs Haggadah: Passover In Perdition recounts this remarkable event which served to reawaken the national pride which the Nazis and their Vichy allies had sought to obliterate. Enhanced with a profusion of historical photographs, and featuring a facsimile of the actual Haggaddah recreated from memory and used in the camp, The Gurs Haggadah is a welcome and seminally important contribution to the growing library of Holocaust Studies.