The Way We Were Before Our Destruction: Lives of Jewish Students from Vilna, Who Perished During the Holocaust Yulian I. Rafes

ISBN: 9781885563064

Published: July 1st 1998

Paperback

221 pages


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The Way We Were Before Our Destruction: Lives of Jewish Students from Vilna, Who Perished During the Holocaust  by  Yulian I. Rafes

The Way We Were Before Our Destruction: Lives of Jewish Students from Vilna, Who Perished During the Holocaust by Yulian I. Rafes
July 1st 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 221 pages | ISBN: 9781885563064 | 5.15 Mb

This book describes the life in a private high school in the last decade before the Second World War, in Ancient City Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. What is so unusual about this is that the students, the ones that perished so tragically duringMoreThis book describes the life in a private high school in the last decade before the Second World War, in Ancient City Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. What is so unusual about this is that the students, the ones that perished so tragically during the Holocaust, do the narration about the school days. They share with us their dreams, the things that touched them, their aspirations, ideals, their approach to their friends, school, and life that surrounded them and finally to the city in which they lived.

Those youngster, still children, most of whom within a short period of time would experience a terrible tragedy, they would perish with their families. These are the specific characters of this book.After the war, the author, himself a former student at this high school, found the legacy of his classmates in Vilnius archives: compositions written in school papers, essays, photos, report cards, and many other very interesting materials. Thus, he decided to let them tell about themselves. They present themselves to us to any young people all over the world: inquisitive, restless, romantic, mischievous.

They behaved like any other youngsters in school. Those youths who perished did not differ from the rest. Why did they perish? They were Jews, and for this reason alone, the Nazis denied them the right to live. In this book, they are alive, they study, play tricks, debate, get A and C, join fraternities, travel, fall in love, publish journals and newspapers unique even for their time.It is important to remember that while the story of the Holocaust is relatively well known, the life of Jews in pre-war Eastern Europe has rarely been told.

These school compositions give the flavor of the facet of this life. In many ways, this life was ordinary, but as someone wise has said, as long as we speak of the number of 6 million, we are speaking of heroes. The only way to grasp what happened to express it intelligibly is to talk about specific, real human beings.



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