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Title The clandestine history of the Kovno Jewish ghetto police / by anonymous members of the Kovno Jewish ghetto police ; translated and edited by Samuel Schalkowsky ; Introduction by Samuel D. Kassow
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 389 pages) : illustrations, maps
Summary "As a force that had to serve two masters, both the Jewish population of the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania and its German occupiers, the Kovno Jewish ghetto police walked a fine line between helping Jews survive and meeting Nazi orders. In 1942 and 1943 some of its members secretly composed this history and buried it in tin boxes. The book offers a rare glimpse into the complex situation faced by the ghetto leadership and the Jewish policemen, caught between carrying out the demands of the Germans and mollifying the anger and frustration of their own people. It details the creation and organization of the ghetto, the violent German attacks on the population in the summer of 1941, the periodic selections of Jews to be deported and killed, the labor required of the surviving Jewish population, and the efforts of the police to provide a semblance of stability. The secret history tells a dramatic and complicated story, defending the actions of the police force on one page and berating its leadership on the next. A substantial introduction by distinguished historian Samuel D. Kassow places this powerful work within the context of the history of the Kovno Jewish community and its experience and fate at the hands of the Nazis"--Provided by the publisher
Notes "The anonymous policemen who composed this secret history were members of a Jewish police force that served in the Kovno ghetto from August 1941 until the Nazis murdered the leadership of the force in March 1944."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-377) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (EBL platform, viewed May 6, 2014)
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Lithuania -- Kaunas.
Jewish police officers -- Lithuania -- Kaunas -- History -- 20th century.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Lithuania -- Kaunas.
Jews -- Lithuania -- Kaunas -- History -- 20th century
Kaunas (Lithuania) -- Ethnic relations.
Lithuania -- History -- German occupation, 1941-1944.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Kassow, Samuel D., author of added text
Schalkowsky, Samuel, editor, translator
ISBN 025301297X (electronic bk.)
9780253012975 (electronic bk.)