Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yad Vashem Launches Groundbreaking Encyclopedia of the Ghettos

"This encyclopedia presents scholars and layment for the first time with a comprehensive view of the ghetto phenomenon" Prof. Omer Bartov

After six years of research, this groundbreaking publication was launched in New York on May 13, 2010. Dozens of professors and researchers of the Holocaust were on hand for the event.

Seventy years after the Nazi regime established the first Jewish ghetto РPiotrków Trybunalski in Poland РYad Vashem has released a new publication: the Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust. The encyclopedia includes entries on close to 1,100 ghettos established in the areas occupied by the Germans: Greater Poland, the Russian Republic, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Transnistria, Romania and Greece.

As the first and only comprehensive collection of the ghettos established by the Nazi regime, the encyclopedia marks an important milestone in the history of Holocaust research and historiography. While some ghettos are quite familiar to the general public – Warsaw, Lodz, Lvov, Vilna and Bialystok – this epic chronicle includes the vast majority of ghettos, large and small, that existed for a few weeks or years throughout the Soviet Union and Hungary.

The encyclopedia is available for purchase online

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