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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]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 389 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Machine generated contents note: First Weeks / Samuel D. Kassow -- Transfer to the Ghetto / Samuel D. Kassow -- First Days; Establishment of the Jewish Ghetto Police / Samuel D. Kassow -- Personal Effects and Gold "Actions" / Samuel D. Kassow -- Development and Expansion of the Police Force / Samuel D. Kassow -- "Jordan Certificates" and the "Rehearsal Action" / Samuel D. Kassow -- Airfield and City Work Brigades / Samuel D. Kassow -- Actions: In the "Box" (September 26, 1941) and in the "Small Ghetto" (October 4, 1941) / Samuel D. Kassow -- Great Action / Samuel D. Kassow -- "Episode" of the German Jews / Samuel D. Kassow -- After the Action: Moods and Rumors; Camp or Ghetto / Samuel D. Kassow -- Labor Quota / Samuel D. Kassow -- Material Conditions / Samuel D. Kassow -- Events in the Ghetto after the Great Action / Samuel D. Kassow -- New Ghetto Guard (NSKK) Located inside the Ghetto / Samuel D. Kassow -- Gate and the Gate Guard / Samuel D. Kassow -- Ghetto Guard and the Police Intermediary (Relations with Germans and Lithuanians) / Samuel D. Kassow -- Jordan's Last Actions (The Riga Action and the Book Action) / Samuel D. Kassow -- Departure of Jordan and Kaminski / Samuel D. Kassow -- New Masters, New Winds (Wiedmann, Hermann-German Labor Office) / Samuel D. Kassow -- Evacuation of "Brazilke" / Samuel D. Kassow -- Workers for Palemon / Samuel D. Kassow -- Labor Quota / Samuel D. Kassow -- Economic Conditions; Gardens / Samuel D. Kassow -- Vilna Letter Episode / Samuel D. Kassow -- Ghetto Commissions / Samuel D. Kassow -- Appearance of Caspi / Samuel D. Kassow -- Caspi Personality / Samuel D. Kassow -- Police Reforms and Reorganizations; New Management / Samuel D. Kassow -- Caspi's Departure / Samuel D. Kassow -- Economy without Money / Samuel D. Kassow -- Days of Awe, Again Palemon / Samuel D. Kassow -- Vienozinskio Area Cleared Again / Samuel D. Kassow -- Riga a Second Time / Samuel D. Kassow -- Meck Episode / Samuel D. Kassow -- Assaults / Samuel D. Kassow -- Chanukah and the New Year-Beginning of the Ghetto Bright Period (the Time of Miller) / Samuel D. Kassow -- New Units (Gate and Detention-House Guards; Jail and Workshop Guards) / Samuel D. Kassow -- Expansion of the Administrative Work of the Police (Penal Department, Criminal Department, "Passportization," Administrative Penalties) / Samuel D. Kassow -- Police as a Social Organization (the Swearing-in Ceremony, Police Concerts) / Samuel D. Kassow
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 Jews -- Persecutions -- Lithuania -- Kaunas
Jews -- Lithuania -- Kaunas -- History -- 20th century
Jewish police officers -- Lithuania -- Kaunas -- History -- 20th century
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Lithuania -- Kaunas
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Ethnic relations.
Jewish police officers.
Jews -- Persecutions.
SUBJECT Kaunas (Lithuania) -- Ethnic relations
Lithuania -- History -- German occupation, 1941-1944.
Subject Lithuania.
Lithuania -- Kaunas.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Schalkowsky, Samuel, editor, translator
Kassow, Samuel D., writer of added text
ISBN 025301297X