Readings


A journey in Jewish history is an eye opening experience and the more one knows beforehand the more enlightening the journey can be. Below are just a few books recommended by our educators for participants to read before joining a JRoots journey. If you would like more guidance of what reading or preparation you can do please click here to be in touch.

Author : Eliach, Yaffe
Title : There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok.
Publisher : Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1998.
Author : Haumann, Heiko
Title : A History of East European Jews
Publisher : Budapest: Central European University Press, 2003.
Author : Kaplan, Aryeh
Title : Chasidic Masters: History, Biography, Thought.
Publisher : NY: Moznaim Publishing Corp., 1991.
Author : Birenbaum, Halina
Title : Hope is the Last to Die: A Coming of Age Under Nazi Terror.
Publisher : NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996.
Author : Frankl, Viktor.
Title : Man's Search for Meaning.
Publisher : NY: Washington Square Press, 1968.
Author : Levi, Primo
Title : Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity.
Publisher : NY: Collier Books, 1971.
Author : Lifschitz, Judah (translated and adapted from Hebrew, Lapid HaEish)
Title : The Klausenberger Rebbe.
Publisher : Jerusalem: Feldheim Publishers, 2012.
Author : Ringelblum, Emmanuel
Title : Notes From The Warsaw Ghetto.
Publisher : NY: ibooks, inc., 2006.
Author : Rotem, Simcha
Title : Kazik: Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter.
Publisher : New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.
Author : Sierakowiak, Dawid
Title : The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto.Edited & Intro. by Adelson, Alan.
Publisher : NY: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Author : Wiesel, Elie.
Title : Night.
Publisher : NY: Hill and Wang, 1960.
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History of the Holocaust

Author : Arad, Yitzhak
Title : Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhardt Extermination Camps.
Publisher : Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1987.
Author : Bankier, David and Israel Gutman (eds.)
Title : Nazi Europe and the Final Solution.
Publisher : Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2003.
Author : Browning, Christopher R
Title : Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland.
Publisher : NY: HarperPerennial, 1993.
Author : Dwork, Deborah and Robert Jan van Pelt
Title : Holocaust: A History.
Publisher : NY: W.W. Norton, 2002.
Author : Wyman, David
Title : The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust.
Publisher : NY: Pantheon Books, 1984.

Spiritual Responses to the Holocaust

Author : Eliach, Yaffe
Title : Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust.
Publisher : NY: Oxford University Press, 1982.
Author : Polen, Nehemia
Title : The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Publisher : MD: Rowman & Littlefield Pub. 1999.
Author : Rosenbaum, Irving J
Title : The Holocaust and Halakhah.
Publisher : USA: Ktav Pub. 1976.

Eastern European Jewish History

Eliach, Yaffe. There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1998.

Haumann, Heiko. A History of East European Jews. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2003.

Kaplan, Aryeh. Chasidic Masters: History, Biography, Thought. NY: Moznaim Publishing Corp., 1991.

Personal Accounts of the Holocaust

Birenbaum, Halina. Hope is the Last to Die: A Coming of Age Under Nazi Terror.NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996.

Frankl, Viktor. Man's Search for Meaning. NY: Washington Square Press, 1968.

Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity. NY: Collier Books, 1971.

Lifschitz, Judah (translated and adapted from Hebrew, Lapid HaEish). The Klausenberger Rebbe. Jerusalem: Feldheim Publishers, 2012.

Ringelblum, Emmanuel. Notes From The Warsaw Ghetto. NY: ibooks, inc., 2006.

Rotem, Simcha. Kazik: Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

Sierakowiak, Dawid. The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto. Edited & Intro. by Adelson, Alan. NY: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. NY: Hill and Wang, 1960.

History of the Holocaust

Arad, Yitzhak. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhardt Extermination Camps. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Bankier, David and Israel Gutman (eds.). Nazi Europe and the Final Solution.Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2003.

Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. NY: HarperPerennial, 1993.

Dwork, Deborah and Robert Jan van Pelt. Holocaust: A History. NY: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Wyman, David. The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust. NY: Pantheon Books, 1984.

Spiritual Responses to the Holocaust

Eliach, Yaffe. Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust. NY: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Polen, Nehemia. The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. MD: Rowman & Littlefield Pub. 1999.

Rosenbaum, Irving J. The Holocaust and Halakhah. USA: Ktav Pub. 1976