Item 266943. DIE VERNICHTUNG DER JUDEN LETTLANDS. CHURBN LETTLAND [HURBN LETLAND]
Item 266943. DIE VERNICHTUNG DER JUDEN LETTLANDS. CHURBN LETTLAND [HURBN LETLAND]

DIE VERNICHTUNG DER JUDEN LETTLANDS. CHURBN LETTLAND [HURBN LETLAND]

Munich, Self-Published, 1947. Item #42762

Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. 542 pages. Ill. Port. 21 cm. In German. Title translates to English as, “The Extermination of the Jews of Latvia.”
Kaufmann (1896-1984) relates his own personal story and that of the Riga ghetto, including the decimation of the ghetto by successive massacres, in which the author's family also perished, and in which Latvian militia played a leading role.
The book contains a description of the death of the great historian Semyon Dubnov in the Riga ghetto. It also discusses: The problematic relations with the German Jews housed in a separate part of the ghetto; The labor details; The German and Jewish functionaries; and An aborted attempt to organize resistance.
It also relates briefly the story of the extermination of other Jewish communities in Latvia.
One section of the book describes Kaiserwald, in which the author was interned, and other Latvian camps. With the approach of the Soviet army, the inmates were evacuated to Stutthof; from there Kaufmann was sent to a labor camp at Magdeburg, a satellite of Buchenwald; and finally he went on a death march to Sachsenhausen and beyond, until he was liberated.
The author says nothing about his background; he seems to have been a person of some influence in the community because he was appointed head of various workshops both in the ghettos and the camps and later was active in the DP camp and a founder of the organization of Latvian Holocaust survivors.“The Association of Liberated Latvian Jews in the US-occupied zone of Germany warmly welcomes the publication of their comrade Max Kaufmann's book, in which he recounts the tragedy of Latvian Jewry, which was once so splendid and flourishing. The decision to write such a work and the author's creative power are equally admirable.
The homeland of Latvian Jewry is soaked not only with the blood of innocent Latvian Jewish men, women and children; in addition, countless transports of Jewish men, women and children from nearly all the countries of Europe were murdered on Latvian soil by the bestial, cowardly German and Latvian Nazi bandits.
The work of our comrade Max Kaufman is the first to recount, more or less comprehensively and objectively, the sufferings and tragic destruction of the splendid Jewry of Latvia, and to inform the world about the role played by the local Latvian population, which largely shares the blame for this tragedy with the rapacious and bestial Nazi bandits.
We are absolutely convinced that Max Kaufmann's work will receive a very strong response and that the world will at last understand the depth of the tragedy that has affected, among others, the small band of surviving Latvian Jews.
Jeannot Lewenson, lawyer, Chairman of the Association of Latvian Jews in Germany” (From the Introduction). SUBJECT (S) : World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews. World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities. Jews -- Latvia. World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Jewish. KZ Kaiserwald. Riga. Konzentrationslager. Lettland. Geschichte Getto Judenverfolgung. OCLC: 162968073. Cover shows some wear with small closed tear at spine. Internal pages are tanned, but all text is clear. Very good condition. (HOLO2-98-39-E+).

Price: $100.00

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