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A Teacher and His Students: Child Holocaust Testimonies from Early Postwar Polish Bytom

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Beate Muller



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The document presented here was created in 1945 in Bytom, Poland. It contains testimonies by Holocaust survivor children collected and put down in a notebook by their survivor teacher, Shlomo Tsam, in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust. The testimonies shed light on Jewish children’s experience in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust as they describe oppression, flight, and survival in the words of the weakest section of Jewish communities –children. The testimonies provide raw data on the encounters between Jews and non-Jews in the territories in which the 'final solution' was carried out. It is thus an important source contributing to the burgeoning research on the involvement of local populations in the murder of the Jews on one hand, and in saving Jews on the other. The creation of this document, one of several collections of Jewish survivor children’s testimonies produced in the immediate post-war years, is also indicative of post-Holocaust Jewish sensibilities and concerns regarding surviving children.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cohen B, Müller B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: East European Jewish Affairs

Year: 2016

Volume: 46

Issue: 1

Pages: 68-115

Online publication date: 13/05/2016

Acceptance date: 02/01/2016

Date deposited: 13/03/2016

ISSN (print): 1350-1674

ISSN (electronic): 1743-971X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13501674.2016.1153878


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