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Author Bendavid-Val, Avrom.

Title The heavens are empty : discovering the lost town of Trochenbrod / Avrom Bendavid-Val.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  947.708 BENDAVID-VAL    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  947.7 BEN    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  947.7 BEN    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  940.5318 BE    Check Shelf
Edition First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Description xxix, 221 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-211).
Summary "In the 19th century, nearly five million Jews lives in the Pale of Settlement. Most lived in shtetls--Jewish communities connected to larger towns--images of which are ingrained in popular imagination as the shtetl Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof. Brimming with life and tradition, family and faith, these shtetls existed in the shadow of their town's oppressive anti-Jewish laws. Not Trochenbrod. Trochenbrod was the only freestanding, fully realized Jewish town in history. It began with a few settlers searching for freedom from the Russian Czars' oppressive policies, but over the next 130 years, Trochenbrod grew from a little row of houses to a bustling marketplace. In 1942, Trochenbrod vanished. Her residents slaughtered, her homes and factories razed to the ground. Yet the Nazis could not destroy the spirit of Trochenbrod, which has lived on in stories and legends about a little piece of heaven hidden deep in the forest..."--Dust cover flap.
Contents Preface: Next year in Trochenbrod / Jonathan Safran Foer -- Introduction: The back story -- The first hundred years -- Between the wars -- Dusk -- Darkness -- Epilogue: The story continues -- Witnesses remember -- Glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms.
Subject Sofiïvka (Volynsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine) -- History.
Jews -- Ukraine -- Sofiïvka (Volynsʹka oblastʹ) -- History.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Ukraine -- Sofiïvka (Volynsʹka oblastʹ)
Jews -- Europe, Eastern.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Jews -- Persecutions.
ISBN 9781605981130
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