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A picture book depicting the first-hand experiences of a Polish woman whose Jewish family endured suffering and upheaval during the Russian and Nazi intervention of World War II. The story starts with a very poor peasant childhood in a Shtetl, a Jewish village in the Polish countryside. There are pictures of Toby's family, of the daily household routines, ironing with a hot-coal iron, making potato soup, the neighbours, plucking geese - and of the sabbath, the day of rest. Then comes September 1939 and following the German invasion, the Russian occupation of Eastern Poland. The Russians make their presence felt by teaching communism at school and setting up youth brigades.
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A beautiful memoir in words and pictures of Jewish life in a small Polish village before, during and after World War Two
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Book Description Hamish Hamilton, London, 1990. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition/First Printing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 012343
Book Description Hamish Hamilton, London , England, 1990. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Toby Knobel Fluek (illustrator). First Edition. 1990 First Edition Hardcover Book in its original dust Jacket . Brand New from 1990 publisher . faint scuffs to glossy cover ; Never opened, Never read , Never marked ; Book size : 7-1/2" wide x 9" tall x 1/2" thick; 110 pages, illustrated with a color photograph of a painting by the author on almost every page . Toby Knobel Fluek was born in the village of Czernica, Poland, near Lvov, on the Russian border . Soviet forces occupied their village in 1939, and then she and her family were driven out by the Nazi invasion in 1942 , and forced into the nearby Brody ghetto . In March 1943, Toby and her sister escaped the ghetto and fled into hiding, remaining in their village for a year until liberation at the end of the war . Only Toby and her mother survived the war . The entire rest of her family, including her father, brother, and two sisters, all perished in the Holocaust . In 1949, Toby married and moved with her husband to the United States . She studied at the Art Students League, and with the artist Joe Hing Lowe . Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited at Queensboro College, the Rockland Center for Holocaust Studies, and the Bronx Museum Community Gallery, among other places . A documentary film, " Image Before My Eyes " produced by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, features the work and life and experiences of Toby . This beautiful book is her memoirs of her Polish village; it showcases her family life and that of her neighbors and fellow villagers from the years 1930 through 1949 , and the detailed, homey, intimate paintings , accompanying the text, bring this time and place vividly to life, showing the village and the interiors of the houses kitchens and implements used in preparing meals and in everday life . The book is dedicated to her family and her husband's family, who perished in the Holocaust . Sections of the book inlcude : Family at Work , Preparations for the Sabbath , The Holidays , Neighbors , The Russian Occupation , The German Occupation , Liberation . Paintings and drawings of various sizes, average 3 x 4 " size, all on quality glossy pages throughout include The kitchen and social hall at Fohrenwald , The Baal T'fila , Making Charoses , Karolczycha the self-taught village doctor , Shimon Katz , Cutting Oats , Kreplach , Purim Chanukah , Working in the Bakery , Begging , Searching for Food , Wasyl Taking a Sunday Stroll, The Samovar, and many more . The last paintings in the book show Toby starting a new life with her husband, and the very last picture in the book is a paiting at the Wailing Wall, entitled Am Yisrael Chai ! The People of Israel Live ! .Handsome book, flax colored linen textured cloth over boards with Gold gilt title and author's monogram impressed on spine and front, in glossy illustrated jacket with color paintings by Fluek on front and back a B&W photo of her inside back flap . " Memories of My Life in a Polish Village 1930 - 1949 , Paintings, Drawings and Text by Toby Knobel Fluek " . published by Hamish Hamilton, London , England , 1990 Hard cover book in the original DJ *** Secure packing for Safe Shipping since 1965 *** Size: 7-1/2 x 9 x 1/2 ". Seller Inventory # 6887
Book Description Hamish Hamilton, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110241130204