Thursday, April 18, 2013

A "Lost" Warsaw Ghetto Diary-Please Spread the Word

A really touching piece from Tablet about the Warsaw ghetto diary that we have never heard of. 

I'm putting the article up in the hopes that it will catch some momentum and someone may publish it.

I would sure be interested in reading the whole thing.

"About 800 pages long, penned in minuscule handwriting that is almost impossible to read with the naked eye, the diary is a remarkable account, clear-eyed and poignant, spanning roughly the time from the establishment of the ghetto to the arrival of Soviet troops in Warsaw. It contains references to everything its author had ever studied—from Mishnah and Torah to secular literature and the work of Sigmund Freud, with whom Ben-Shem learned in Vienna in the interwar period—as well as a close observation of the ways in which Jews were forced to become animals, not metaphorically, but actually."