‘The two saddest nations on earth’: A Polish Jewish octogenarian looks back and forward

@article{Scharf2001TheTS,
  title={‘The two saddest nations on earth’: A Polish Jewish octogenarian looks back and forward},
  author={R. Scharf},
  journal={East European Jewish Affairs},
  year={2001},
  volume={31},
  pages={100 - 95}
}
  • R. Scharf
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • East European Jewish Affairs
I n one respect at least the Germans were unlucky in their choice of victim: I the Jewish people were determined to leave a trace of their fate at whatever cost. Feeling abandoned by God and man, the Jews were haunted by the thought that the world might never know how they had lived and died. Writing made dying easier. The final entry in The Scroll of Agony, the diary of the Hebrew teacher and scholar Chaim Kaplan before his deportation to Treblinka, is the anguished cry 'If I die what will… Expand
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