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Keeping Jewish Heritage Alive Through Literature
Jewish Heritage, hardcover, $24.95 paperback, $19.95

The Shoah, the destruction of the European Jewry which he survived, was Richard Bugajer’s “shadowlife.” He said it was everywhere around him and that it never changed, because it was set in the past even as his present life went on. “It accompanies me every where so that I cannot be completely happy even during the good times.”
Richard Bugajer believed that reading and researching the Holocaust was obligatory and should be performed for the sake of history, out of an obligation to the dead, and in spite of the Nazi criminals.

Simon Wiesenthal
Richard Bugajer’s book has awakened painful and intense feelings in me. I hope that this important work will reach a wide American audience.

No One Awaiting Me, Two bothers defy death during the Holocaust in Romania
Calgary/Jewish Heritage, hardcover, $29.95 paperback, $19.95

Winner of the Canadian National Jewish Book Award, 2003
Best Non-Fiction Book, Manitoba Book Awards, 2002
Best First Book, Manitoba Book Awards, 2002

Here is the riveting account of two orphaned brothers whose unshakeable courage enabled them to survive the still rarely told horrors of the Holocaust in Romania. As Jews expelled from Bukovina and Bessarabia to Transnistria, young Joil and Avrum witnessed the cruel destruction of their own parents and many others. But underlying the author's unflinching account of the unthinkable brutality of the Holocaust is the inspiration and passion Joil and his little brother had to live.

Winnipeg Free Press (two-month BESTSELLER)
The tale of two orphaned brothers who survived the Holocaust in Romania and emerged with a passion for life. 

The Jewish Post and News
Riveting. Unshakable courage to survive the still rarely-told horrors of the Holocaust in Romania. Unflinching, an inspired passion to live.

Dennis Deletant, University College, London, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow, 2000-2001
Harrowing, moving, invaluable. The fate of Jews in Romania and Transnistria...Alpern's courage, initiative and strength triumph over the darkness.

Robert J. Irving, University of Winnipeg
Majestic, indelible. No one who reads Joil Alpern's memories will remain unmoved, and none will be able to forget.

Winnipeg Free Press (SIX-WEEK BESTSELLER)
The tale of two orphaned brothers who survived the Holocaust in Romania and emerged with a passion for life.

The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak Oxford University Press, Adelson, ed, hardcover, $29.95

Istvan Deak, The New York Review of Books
"What is unforgettable about the diaries is the heartbreaking dedication of a young man to learning, and to a political cause in which he desperately wanted to believe."

The Atlantic Monthly
"Dawid's diaries are a terrifying record, all the more so because of the observant intelligence that persisted through life in a man-made hell."

Herbert Kupferberg, Parade
"His written with a sardonic humor and growing despair that can still horrify today. It is illustrated by shocking photos of life in the Lodz ghetto, most of them taken surreptitiously."

Joanna Rostropowicz-Clark, Polish Daily News, "Nowy Dziennik"
"There are books whose reading overshadows and eclipses all other literary materials, canceling them temporarily. "The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak," is one of them."

Robert Leiter, Book Editor, [Philadelphia] Jewish Exponent
"What a loss to the world was the death of Dawid Sierakowiak...who lived and died in the Lodz ghetto in Poland, but left behind five notebooks filled with observations that are so sharply and skillfully rendered that the work immediately takes its place with the great Holocaust diaries –" Anne Frank, Emmanuel Ringelblum, Adam Czerniakow."

Adelson and Lapides, eds., richly illustrated.
Original Viking hardcover edition, $29.95.

With stunning intimacy and openness, LODZ GHETTO brings us the voices of ordinary people trapped in an unbelievable time. They confide precisely what they felt during the darkest days of Nazi persecution. Scripted entirely from the secret diaries they left behind–hidden so the people of the future would know what they endured–this internationally acclaimed film reveals how 200,0000 people in the longest surviving concentration of Jews in Nazi Europe struggled against what seemed an unstoppable war to crush them out. It brings us the voices of people who love life but can only hope for a miracle to save them.

Walter Reich, former director, US Memorial Holocaust Museum, as published in the NY Sunday Times Book Review.
Lodz Ghetto is a work of immense literary and moral power. It presents us with moments of existence--and challenges to our values--that are at once devastating and transforming."

Library Journal
One of the Best Books of the year.

Chaim Potok, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lodz Ghetto' is not only a book; it is a canonical text. Future generations will ponder this work, write commentaries on it, and shake their heads in pity, horror and shame.

Social Education, The Journal of the National Council for Social Studies
Magnificent...provides a wealth of insight in a highly engaging manner.

Lodz Ghetto, dvd and vhs
VHS $29.95 JHP special price: $24.95
DVD, $39.95 JHP special price: $29.95

WINNER: International Film Critic Prize
Year’s best film: San Francisco Examiner, Library Journal

Selected for screening as a PBS Holocaust Remembrance Day special broadcast, and for screening at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Yamagata International Film Festival.

Julie Salomon, Wall Street Journal
Nothing can be more evocative. A poetic montage, relevant and universal. Extraordinary imagery. Gallows humor that seems nothing less than courageous in the heart of darkness.  

Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker
Unusually intelligent and  powerful.  A lucid, intense collage of the everyday life of fear and horror.

Michael Sragow, The San Francisco Examiner
Memorable and Devastating.

TV Guide
A stunningly eloquent, powerful film. (****)

NY Daily News be unmoved by this film is to be made of stone.

Jane Alpert, ed., Lexington School for the Deaf and Jewish Heritage, $5.95

The Holocaust inflicted enormous trauma on the deaf people of Europe. Beginning in 1933, deaf people were forcibly sterilized. In 1939, Hitler began his secret T-4 campaign, murdering a quarter-million people who were disabled, many of them deaf. In 1941, the deliberate killing of disabled people ended, but deaf people who were Jewish continued to be sent to Nazi concentration camps, where they were either gassed or worked to death. At a time when the few courageous survivors are aging into their 80s and 90s, this book honors them and tells their stories. It commemorates a past that can never be forgotten.

Rabbi Irving Greenberg
The Nazis believed in distinguishing among levels of life. Some forms deserved full respect while others were "inferior," "degraded," "unworthy."

John Schuchman, Carol Reich Forum
The techniques for killing eventually used in the camps were developed for killing the disabled in hopsitals and other places. 

Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Afterword
The Nazi mass murder started with the experimental killings of the handicapped. The policy could be repeated again and again.

Stage & Page,
Jewish Theater & Book Designs, $29.95
Here in a broad-format volume of 84 beautiful color and black and white plates are the Jewish theater and book designs of the gifted Emanuele Luzzati. The book was the companion catalogue to an extensive exhibition mounted in 2003 at the Centro Culturale Primo
Levi in Genova and New York's Center for Jewish History. It presents works Luzzati created for the theater, panels on Jewish rituals, animated films, ceramics, posters, illustrations and parochet, and contains profiling pieces about Luzzati by Raffaele Niri, Giacoma Limentani and an interview with Lele Luzzati by Guido Lopez.

About the Author
Emanuele Luzzati was born in 1921 in Genoa, Italy. His work presents a pallet rich in color, wit, perception of the human condition, and a fascination with European Jewish culture. So Luzzati has been asked to work in many artistic mediums, as this book so luxuriously presents. In 1994, Luzzati was awarded the Michelangelo Prize for Theater in Rome, in 1995 he received the Ubu Prize for scenic design for his staging of Pinocchio, in 1996 he received the Grand Sorciere Prize, and in 1997 the National Theater Award.

Giacoma Limantani
The jeers of his Pulcinellas, the malice of his Rosaurus, the happiness of his Papagenos...

Emanuele Luzzati, interviewed by Guido Lopez
People identify Italy with me for my colors. As if Klee, Chagall, Klimpt or VanGogh didn't use enough colors.


International Initiative in the Literature