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Smuggled out of the ghetto and carefully preserved in a kerosene can on a farm outside Warsaw, Chaim Kaplan s diary, originally recorded in beautiful, disciplined Hebrew script, is a detailed eyewitness report of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw and a unique account of the destruction of the Jewish communities of Poland Scroll of Agony begins on September as the author, a respected educator, describes the Nazi blitzkrieg that stunned the world It ends in August , when Kaplan realized that the Nazi noose was around his neck Kaplan s remarkably objective account of the politics of occupation depicts a world of starvation and forced labor, of capricious death and planned mass murder Yet his orderly script also conveys a world in which the struggle for survival included spiritual resistance conducting services behind drawn shades, struggling to keep the schools open, and holding on to the rich fabric of communal life in defiance of the strongest force of dehumanization that the world has ever seen The Warsaw diary of Chaim A. Kaplan

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  1. Daniel L. Daniel L. says:

    A Searing Account of Life in the Warsaw Ghetto None of the Holocaust diaries make for easy reading Of these painful eyewitness accounts, perhaps none issearing than that of Chaim Aaron Kaplan, the one time principal of a Hebrew school in Warsaw until his academy was shut down and banned by the Nazis and Kaplan banished to that city s notorious Ghetto Appalled at the destruction and ruin that the enemy s planes have wrought on

  2. Ryan Mclaren Ryan Mclaren says:

    Harrowing, great Your efforts were not wasted Mr Kaplan, your diary made it Thank you.

  3. Dariusz Płochocki Dariusz Płochocki says:

    Ciekawy zapis los w syjonistycznego pedagoga i publicysty, dyrektora prywatnej szko y w 1939 r Na szczeg ln uwag oczywi cie zas uguj te z pocz tk w okupacji, gdy syjoni ci na z o okupantowi czuli dum z tego, e mogli afiszowa swoj przynale no narodow , patrz c z pogard na asymilator w Kaplan dobrze przewiduje los, kt ry czeka nied ugo ydowsk spo eczno , wpisuj c go w los biblijnych yd w, m wi cho by o gazach bojowych, kt rymi mog zo

  4. Oscar Oscar says:

    This is a very intellectual and impersonal chronicle of the life in the Warsaw Ghetto There s very little personal detail, very little mention of day to day detail The author concerns himself with the news stories, the rumours Thus about 80% of his writing is about the Nazis It s understandable he should give such constant vent to his horror and indignation at the stories he hears but we are all familiar with the murderous machinery o

  5. Carole Carole says:

    Scroll of Agony is a very appropriate title It is agonising to read but as the author himself states, this diary is source material for the future historian Jan 16, 1942 I have read a few holocaust memoirs but this has a different feel, a very heavy tone I think it is because it is a diary and not a survival account and it is peppered with biblical allusions Here we see details, fears, small joys, the vacillation between hope and despair

  6. Edward Janes Edward Janes says:

    Scroll of Agony by Chaim Kaplan 1999, 416 pages Kaplan writes of the horror of life in the Warsaw Ghetto with riveting precision and amazing prescience His stark eloquence leaves the reader breathless as the victims must have felt from the merciless oppressor s ever tightening yoke With the author s death so too dies a part of us knowing of the countless dreams, loves, lives and culture lost to this most tragic event in world history.All of

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