Tells the story of how a team of deported Jews - led by the author - saved thousands from death during the Holocaust. The Romanian Holocaust began in 1941, when deported Jews were expected to perish. Thousands were sent to the German-occupied Soviet territory of Moghilev in the Ukraine. With Moghilev in ruins and no food or shelter for the surviving deportees, Jagendorf persuaded the Romanian Prefect to allow him to recruit a task force to repair the city's non-functioning electrical system and to restore the iron works. Electricity was restored, and Jagendorf's work crews soon grew to hundreds and then thousands. In this memoir, Jagendorf chronicles the daily struggle of 15,000 starving deportees and how they were eventually saved. Aron Hirt-Manheimer is the winner of the Anne Frank Medal.
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In the early 1940s Romania exiled 150,000 Jews to Transnistria, a war-devastated corner of the Nazi-occupied Soviet Ukraine. There Jagendorf, a failed Jewish entrepreneur, convinced the Nazis to let him convert a abandoned spare-parts factory into a Jewish labor colony. Outmaneuvering Romanian officials, he saved some 15,000 Jews from extermination. To many critics the resourceful engineer was a collaborator who usurped power to preserve his own life. This extraordinary document consists of Jagendorf's first-person narrative intertwined with commentary by Hirt-Manheimer, editor-in-chief of the Holocaust Library, who spent two years interviewing survivors and analyzing primary sources. Amplifying Jagendorf's self-portrayal as a stern but sympathetic paragon of virtue, Hirt-Manheimer points out flagrant abuses of power by Jagendorf's ghetto police. Yet the picture that emerges from this riveting, heartrending story is of a genuine hero who helped thousands survive by dint of his courage, wits and luck.
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Holocaust literature seems to increase by thousands of volumes each year. However, little has been written on the Romanian Holocaust, which makes this particular memoir valuable. With the aid of a team of other Jews, Jagendorf, an engineer, helped save thousands in a forgotten ironworks foundry. Edited by the editor-in-chief of the Holocaust Library, Jagendorf's memoir (he died some 25 years ago) is both a human story as well as a history of the German-occupied Soviet territory of Moghilev and the peculiar circumstances of the Romanian situation. There is a two-page list of sources for further consideration. See also Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel's Children of the Flames , reviewed in this issue, p. 101.--Ed.
- Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, Mass.
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Book Description HarperCollins, New York, 1991. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Photos & drawing (illustrator). First Edition. 1991 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in original DJ; BRAND NEW from 1991 publisher , Never opened, Never read. Faint feltpen line bottom edge. Intact Jacket. Nice Clean Gift Giving quality. 209 pages , with index ; illustrated with 1 B&W small illustration + 16 pages of glossy B&W photographs and illustrations. Handsome book; light burgundy colored boards with dark burgundy cloth spine, with matching endpages; with Gold gilt title impressed on spine; in matching photographic jacket with photo of Max Schmidt surrounded by workers from the Turnatoria lathe and powe plant department, 1943. Inside are historic photographs of Jagendorf in the early days and during the war, and up to a 1955 photo of him in America; also copy of the newspaper article on him coming to America after the war; his exit documents from Romania ; a shockingly emaciated orphaned small boy in Moghilev during the war; photos of the inside of the foundry empty, and of the workers there; and more. Please note, if you are looking for someone specific in the photographs, some of the faces are quite clear, and others less so. Editor-in-chief of The Holocaust Library Aron Hirt-Manheimer, the son of Holocaust survivors, was awarded the Anne Frank Medal in 1988. In this gripping book, he brings to life the tgrue story of Siegried Jagendor, who died in 1970, leaving the unpublished manuscript of his World War Two memoirs undiscovered until many years later. The Holocaust in Romania began in 1941 with the 'cleansing' of the country of all the Jews sent for deportation to the Nazi - occupied Soviet territory of Moghilev. Thousands were expected to be sent to their deaths. But their savior, a 56 year old Jewish engineer, was among the deportees. With Moghilev in ruins, and no food or shelter for the deportees who survived the transport, Siegfried Jagandorf managed to persuade the Romanian authority to recruit a small task force to repair the war-shattered city's nonfunctioning electrical system, and to repair its iron-works, The Foundry. Electricity was subsequently restored by the team, and this handful of spared workers soon grew to hundreds, as new projects were derived and devised to keep them useful, and thus keep them alive, enabling them to protect their own families, and the communities orphaned children. In his memoir, Jagendorf chronicles the daily struggle of the 15,000 starving deportees, and how they were saved. Aron Hirt-Manheimer reviewed hundreds of rare documents and interviewed family members and survivors of German-occupied Moghilev, in Europe, and where they emigrated to United States and Israel , and provides background and commentary on these memoirs of Sigfried; an important addition to the history of the Holocaust. " Jagendorf's Foundry - Memoir of the Romanian Holocaust , 1941 - 1944 " , by Siegried Jagendorf , with commentary by Aron Hirt-Manheimer. 1991 Hard Cover 1st edition book in Dustjacket, published by HarperCollins , New York. *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely worldwide, since 1965 *** Size: 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 x 1 ". Bookseller Inventory # 91019
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