Scroll of Agony The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A Kaplan PDF

Scroll of Agony The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A Kaplan Smuggled out of the ghetto and carefully preserved in a kerosene can on a farm outside Warsaw Chaim Kaplan's diary originally recorded in beautiful disciplined Hebrew script is a detailed eyewitness report of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw and a uniue account of the destruction of the Jewish communities of Poland Scroll of Agony begins on September 1 1939 as the author a respected educator describes the Nazi blitzkrieg that stunned the world It ends in August 1942 when Kaplan realized that the Nazi noose was around his neck Kaplan's remarkably objective account of the politics of occupation depicts a world of starvation and forced labor of capricious death and planned mass murder Yet his orderly script also conveys a world in which the struggle for survival included spiritual resistance conducting services behind drawn shades struggling to keep the schools open and holding on to the rich fabric of communal life in defiance of the strongest force of dehumanization that the world has ever seen


6 thoughts on “Scroll of Agony The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A Kaplan

  1. says:

    A Searing Account of Life in the Warsaw Ghetto None of the Holocaust diaries make for easy reading Of these painful eyewitness accounts perhaps none is searing than that of Chaim Aaron Kaplan the one time principal of a Hebrew school in Warsaw until his academy was shut down and banned by the Nazis and Kaplan banished to that city鈥檚 notorious Ghetto Appalled at 鈥


  2. says:

    Harrowing great Your efforts were not wasted Mr Kaplan your diary made it Thank you


  3. says:

    Ciekawy zapis los贸w syjonistycznego pedagoga i publicysty dyrektora prywatnej szko艂y w 1939 r Na szczeg贸ln膮 uwag臋 oczywi艣cie zas艂uguj膮 te z pocz膮tk贸w okupacji gdy syjoni艣ci na z艂o艣膰 okupantowi czuli dum臋 z tego 偶e mogli afiszowa膰 swoj膮 przynale偶no艣膰 narodow膮 patrz膮c z pogard膮 na asymilator贸w Kaplan dobrze przewiduje los kt贸ry czeka nied艂ugo 偶y


  4. says:

    This is a very intellectual and impersonal chronicle of the life in the Warsaw Ghetto There's very little personal detail very little mention of day to day detail The author concerns himself with the news stories the rumours Thus about 80% of his writing is about the Nazis It's understandable he should give such constant vent to his horror and indignation at the stories he


  5. says:

    Scroll of Agony is a very appropriate title It is agonising to read but as the author himself states this diary is source material for the future historian銆 Jan 16 1942銆銆I have read a few holocaust memoirs but this has a different feel a very heavy tone I think it is because it is a diary and not a survival account and it is peppered with biblical allusions Here we see


  6. says:

    Scroll of Agony by Chaim Kaplan 1999 416 pagesKaplan writes of the horror of life in the Warsaw Ghetto with riveting precision and amazing prescience His stark elouence leaves the reader breathless as the victims must have felt from the merciless oppressor's ever tightening yoke With the author's death so too dies a part of us knowing of the countless dreams loves lives and cu


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