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- DescriptionDuring the early 1940s some 5,000 Christians of Jewish origin lived in the Warsaw Ghetto. In this remarkable book, which combines both memoir and historical analysis, Peter F. Dembowski describes their fate. He also brings to light the little kwn fact that within the Warsaw Ghetto were fully functioning Christian churches, including at first three and later two Roman Catholic parishes. Dembowski contends that Nazi ideology, particularly the Nuremberg Laws, destroyed the distinction between anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism. Jews were defined by, and persecuted because of, their race rather than their religious beliefs. As a member of a family of Christianized Jews with many friends who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto, Dembowski offers a rich portrait of Jewish Christians and their fate in the Ghetto. An interesting aspect of his account is his description of Jewish views toward Christian converts. Dembowski stresses the historical importance of counting baptized, practicing Christians among Jews in the Ghetto, as well as their difficult social situation within the Ghetto. At the same time, he is sensitive to the pain that Christian conversion caused both secular and religious Jews. This unique narrative offers a nuanced portrayal of its subject and adds an important dimension to Holocaust studies. It will be welcomed by general readers and scholars alike.
- Author BiographyPETER F. DEMBOWSKI is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, specializing in French medieval literature. Dembowski was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. He was involved in the Underground activities of the Polish Home Army and participated in the Polish Warsaw Uprising. He was twice a prisoner of the Germans - first at the infamous prison known as Pawiak, where comrades bribed corrupt Gestapo officials to win his freedom, and later a prisoner of war at Stalag XB, where he remained until the prison was liberated by the British. Upon liberation, Dembowski joined the Polish Army in the West. For his war service, he was decorated twice with the Polish Cross of Valor and the Silver Service Cross with Swords.
- Author(s)Peter F. Dembowski
- PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Date of Publication31/10/2005
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNotre Dame IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight242 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine9 mm
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