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Triumph and Tragedy

Journeying Through 1000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland

by Joel Padowitz


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Jews today tend to associate Poland exclusively with the horrors of the Holocaust. Poland has been called “the world’s biggest graveyard,” because on its soil was where most of the systematic murder of our people during World War II took place. However, it is very shortsighted to view Poland as little more than the darkest corner of Europe into which the Nazis concentrated the Jews before exterminating them.

Jews have lived in Poland for over a thousand years. In fact, for centuries, Poland was the most Jew-friendly state in Europe. Countless thousands of persecuted Jews throughout Christian Europe found refuge in Poland. For hundreds of years, Poland was the largest, most significant, most intellectually vibrant Jewish community in all of Europe. In fact, at its peak in the 17th century, the majority of the world’s Jews lived in Poland, a land referred to in Latin as, paradisus Iudaeorum: Jewish paradise.

JRoots, based in London, was created to empower today’s generation of Jews to meaningfully connect with their past through transformational travel and multi-media experiences. JRoots has inspired thousands on its signature trip to Poland. Walking the streets our forebears walked, praying where they prayed, singing where they sang, dancing where they danced touches the soul in a lasting way no book or movie ever could. By weaving a tapestry of life and death made real by the places they visit and the personalities they meet, the trips provide a sense of Jewish context and pride, ensuring participants focus on their commitment to a better tomorrow rather than despair over the tragedies of yesteryear.

JRoots produced this guidebook for their own participants as a supplement to be read before, during, and after their trip, to help make their personal journey as meaningful as it could be. It is now available to anyone, in the hope that it will enhance the significance of your own Poland experience, so that you too will return home more deeply motivated to invest in the Jewish people and our future.

Specifications

  • ITEM #: 6713
  • Dimensions: 6x9
  • ISBN: 978-1-937887-06-3
  • Weight: 1.1000 lbs
  • Binding: Paperback / 270 pages
  • Published by: J Roots
  • Editor: Naftali Schiff, Tzvi Sperber

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  • Great read about our Polish Jewish ancestory

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    • 1/16/13

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    • sestreicher

    For anyone with relatives from Poland in specific and for all Jews, this is a must read to comprehend the triumphs and tragedies of our people over the past millennium. An easy read filled with an incredible amount of detailed information. A real education!

  • A must have for visitors to Poland - Clear, informative and inspirational

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    • 1/16/13

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    • Eli

    I took this along with me to Poland and it added greatly to my experience!

  • Long overdue

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    • 1/14/13

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    • Reuven

    The book is an amazing achievement, it serves multiple roles: historical, a must guide book for students and visitors to Poland and a quick reference work.
    It is so well researched, written and set out in a easy to read format.
    This will make my next trip to Poland so much more meaningful.
    I wish I had this book in school. The culture and history of the Jews in Poland for the last 1000 years was never really taught to us. There is so much information in this book and it is presented in such an easy to read style. So much was never taught to me, for example I had no idea that Bialystock was a major center for the textile industry, and it was dominated by Jews.
    I knew my grandfather was a tailor and lots of his friends were in the "schmata" business. I though this was opportunism in a new land. I did not know of their expertise, culture and tradition in this field.
    Thank you for opening my eyes

  • Amazing

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    • 1/14/13

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    • Yaakov

    Fantastic content, easily accessible layout. Highly recommended

  • Great read.

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    • 1/14/13

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    • Shloimie

    Profoundly insightful and well researched. The author sheds critical light on a significant portion of Jewish origin. Anyone traveling to or considering a trip should certainly get a copy. Easy to read and greatly formatted to provide the reader with a broad or narrow view suited to your interest.

  • Educational and gripping - an overall excellent book

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    • 1/14/13

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    • Akiva

    Being someone that seldom picks up a history book I must admit that it was difficult to put this one down. The brilliance of this book is not so much in the clearly evident breadth of research that went into authoring it but more in the organized and concise way that the author lays out the chapters that allow the reader to grasp the extent of the heinous genocide of the Holocaust. This book made such an impact on me that I now yearn to travel to Poland to witness firsthand the abonimable massacres perpetrated by the Nazis. This would be an ideal supplement for anyone traveling to Poland wishing to explore the history of Polish Jewry and its destruction and an excellent book in general about the Holocaust from a historical standpoint. 5 stars and highly recommended!!

  • This book is a must read

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    • 1/13/13

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    • nuchy

    Whether you are a teen, a young adult, adult, or just a mere history buff, this book is a must. The layout and writing style makes you wonder why all educational books aren't written with such wisdom!

  • Fantastic - A Must Read!!

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    • 1/13/13

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    • Jeff

    This well written, easy to read book takes the reader on an vivid journey through a 1000 years of Jewish history in Poland, beginning with the establishment of Poland's first Jewish community through the destruction of the Holocaust. The book is full of interesting facts and stories. It was so fascinating, it could not put it down; and best of all, I felt enriched after learned so much.

  • Hugely Useful and Educational

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    • 1/13/13

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    • Marilyn

    This is a marvelous easy to read yet hugely educational book.
    The tone of the book is conversational and it is very easy to grasp the facts. There is a tremendous amount of research and information in this book . Great graphics and pictures. One really gets the total picture of what life was like for Jews over the last 1000 years or so in Poland as well as in parts of Europe.
    I would strongly suggest that this is a book that every Day School scholar should read, as well as for any University course on the life and times of Jews in Poland and Europe.

  • Incredibly Insightful

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    • 1/13/13

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    • drk23

    Superb and very thoughtful. I was given this book prior to my travels to Poland, and it was the perfect tool to learn the history of Polish Jews.

    5/5, would recommend to anyone interested in Jewish and Polish history.

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