By Shimon Redlich
''... by means of reconstructing the history/experience of Brzezany in Jewish, Ukrainian, and varnish stories [Redlich] has produced a stunning parallel narrative of an international that used to be misplaced thrice over.... a very amazing achievement.'' -- Jan T. Gross, writer of Neighbors
Shimon Redlich attracts at the old list, his personal youth thoughts, and interviews with Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians who lived within the small jap Polish city of Brzezany to build this account of the altering relationships one of the town's 3 ethnic teams ahead of, in the course of, and after international battle II. He information the heritage of Brzezany from the prewar a long time (when it used to be a part of self sufficient Poland and contributors of the 3 groups have in mind residing quite amicably ''together and apart''), in the course of the tensions of Soviet rule, the trauma of the Nazi career, and the recapture of the city through the pink military in 1945. ancient and modern photos of Brzezany and its population upload immediacy to this attention-grabbing day trip into heritage delivered to lifestyles, from differing views, by way of those that lived via it.
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Manek studied medicine in California and has been there ever since. I met Mike for the ﬁrst time since the liberation at the funeral of Dr. Wagszal-Shaklai in Haderah. I bumped into him a few years later at a Holocaust conference in Oxford, where we had a ﬁerce argument about Ukrainians and Jews. Manek was convinced that all Ukrainians were, and still are, anti-Semites and that they murdered Jews in Brzezany and elsewhere during the war. 11 I called him several times to discuss his visit. When Mike was invited recently to speak at Ben-Gurion University, I suggested that we discuss publicly our Brzezany memories.
During most of his school years before the war, Marian was active in Prosvita, the Ukrainian cultural association. After completing public school in Podhajce in 1938, Marian started studying in the Brzezany Gimnazjum. When the Soviets arrived, he studied in a teachers’ college and even started teaching in a village school. During the German occupation Marian got deeply involved in the Ukrainian underground, the UPA. When the Germans started retreating in 1944, he escaped westward with other Ukrainian partisans and joined a German-Ukrainian military unit.
He was a student at the Gimnazjum in the thirties and a member of the Hanoar Hatzioni youth movement. Natan and his father traveled to Palestine, where the family owned some real estate, in the late summer of 1939. Natan’s mother, Roza, and his sister, Bela, remained in Brzezany and survived the Holocaust. For years I have cherished a sweet childhood memory of playing with a beautiful sister and brother. 6 After meeting with Israeli Brzezanyites, I traveled to New York to interview my American landsleit.