Three Tragic Heroes of the Vilnius Ghetto : Witenberg, Sheinbaum, Gens

N.N. Schneidman

Three Tragic Heroes of the Vilnius Ghetto : Witenberg, Sheinbaum, Gens

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Vilnius (Vilna, Wilno), the capital of Lithuania, is almost 700 years old. Since the middle ages it has been one of the main centres of Jewish cultural, religious, social and political activity of the Diaspora. At one time, one half of the city inhabitants were Jewish. Everything changed during the Holocaust. The Jewish community was destroyed by the Nazis and their collaborators. But there were those who refused to surrender without a fight. Witenberg and Sheinbaum were the leaders of the Jewish underground resistance organizations in the Vilnius ghetto. Gens was the Jewish Head of the ghetto, appointed to this position by the German authorities. Each person had the same objective – personal and communal survival. All three perished during the destruction of the Jewish ghetto.These three figures constitute the Three Tragic Heroes of the Vilnius Ghetto. This book compares the different approaches to the issues of resistance and survival and illuminates the specific problems of Jewish resistance and also the larger dilemma of survival during the Nazi era.

N.N. Schneidman is widely is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts on Soviet and Russian literature and his publications from 1973 to his most recent work are widely and favourably reviewed.

“…a realistic picture of the theory and practice of the Soviet system…Highly recommended” – Choice

“…Norman Shneidman’s thought-provoking book is a valuable study, a fruit of thorough scholarship…” – Canadian Slavonic Papers

“The profession will be grateful to Professor Shneidman for this informative book.” – International Fiction Review

“…Shneidman’s book is now the standard book on the period it covers.” – World Affairs Report



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