Recognizing Jewish History Month: A Reading List

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In honour of Jewish History Month, here are some wonderful books that UTP has published in the past few years that would be ideal to read during this time:

But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust

Edited by Charlotte Schallié

Illustrated by Barbara Yelin, Gilad Seliktar and Miriam Libicki

An intimate co-creation of three graphic novelists and four Holocaust survivors, But I Live consists of three illustrated stories based on the experiences of each survivor during and after the Holocaust. To complement these hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable visual stories, But I Live includes historical essays, an illustrated postscript from the artists, and personal words from each of the survivors.

Faces in the Crowd: The Jews of Canada

By Franklin Bialystok

Starting with the first steps on Canadian soil in the eighteenth century to the present day, Faces in the Crowd introduces the reader to the people and personalities who made up the Canadian Jewish experience, from the Jewish roots of the NHL’s Ross trophy to Leonard Cohen and all the rabbis, artists, writers, and politicians in between. Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom and experience at the heart of the Canadian Jewish community, Franklin Bialystok adds new research, unique insights, and, best of all, memorable stories to the history of the Jews in Canada.

None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933–1948 (40th Anniversary Edition Coming this Fall)

By Irving Abella and Harold Troper

Foreword by Richard Menkis

Afterword by David S. Koffman

Rigorously documented and brilliantly researched, None Is Too Many tells the story of Canada’s response to the plight of European Jews during the Nazi era and its immediate aftermath, exploring why and how Canada turned its back and hardened its heart against the entry of Jewish refugees. This new anniversary edition features a foreword by Richard Menkis on the impact the book made when it was first published and an afterword by David Koffman explaining why the book remains critical today.

Kingdom of Night: Witnesses to the Holocaust

By Mark Celinscak

In April 1945, when the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was surrendered and handed over to the British Army, Canadian forces arrived on scene to provide support, to bear witness, and to document the crimes. In Kingdom of Night, Mark Celinscak reveals the engagement of Canadian troops and other personnel at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The book brings together a series of gripping, often deeply moving accounts that demonstrate the critical relief work carried out by Canadians who have been largely overlooked for more than seventy-five years.

Justice in Lyon: Klaus Barbie and France’s First Trial for Crimes against Humanity

By Richard J. Golsan

Justice in Lyon is the first comprehensive history of the Barbie trial, including the investigation leading up to it, the legal background to the case, and the hurdles the prosecution had to clear in order to bring Barbie to justice. Richard J. Golsan examines the strategies used by the defence, the prosecution, and the lawyers who represented Barbie’s many victims at the trial. 

The Ever-Dying People?: Canada’s Jews in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Robert Brym and Randal F. Schnoor

Demise by assimilation or antisemitism is often held to be the inevitable future of Jews in Canada and other diaspora countries. The Ever-Dying People? shows that the Jewish diaspora, while often held to be in decline, is influenced by a range of identifiable sociological and historical forces, some of which breathe life into Jewish communities, including Canada’s.

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