1st Edition

Abyss of Despair

ISBN 9780878559275
Published January 30, 1983 by Routledge
150 Pages

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Book Description

Providing a gripping, first-hand account of the Chmielnicki massacres in 1648-58, in which tens of thousands of Jews perished in Poland and the Ukraine, Rabbi Nathan Hanover describes the events themselves and their effect on European Jewry. Hanover's description of the atrocities commited* by Chmielnicki and his hordes makes it clear that they set the precedent for Hitler's torture chambers. Hanover's account of the events understood in their historical context 'shows how humans can transcend tragedy and rebuild their lives, developing new ways to express their heritage and culture.

Professor Helmreich, in his new introduction, describes the- period of relative peace and prosperity for the Jews immediately preceding the massacres. He traces some of the important effects the massacre had on later Jewish history, such as the rise of Messianic and Hasidic movements in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the migration of Jews back toward the west, where they were situated when the Enlightenment swept through Europe.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Foreword to the Transaction Edition
Translator's Introduction
The Life and Work of Nathan Hanover
Author's Introduction
I. Abyss of Despair
II. The Massacres of Nalevaiko
III. The Massacres of Pawliuk
IV. The Brutal Oppressions of Chmiel
V. The Massacres of Nemirow
VI. The Massacres of Tulczyn
VII. The Massacres by Polannoe
VIII. The Massacres of Ostrog and Zaslaw
IX. The Massacres of Konstantynow
X. The Massacres of Lithuania
XI. The Massacres of Bar
XII. The Massacres of Lwow
XIII. The Massacres of Narol
XIV. The Massacres of Zamosc
XV. The Second Massacre of Ostrog
XVI. The Inner Life of the Jews in the Kingdom of Poland
XVII. Notes

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