Jewish Observer
BOOK REVIEW
13/16
November 2001
5762 Kheshvan

I DID NOT WANT TO BE A JEW
OLEG KOZEROD
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Events, the importance of which is difficult to overestimate, are happening in modern Jewish studies. The publication of the book "I didn't want to be a Jew" was one of such events. It is a translation of reminiscences of Uray Spitzer, a famous social and cultural figure of postwar Slovakia.

The book is the product of U. Spitzer's recollections about the hard sufferings of Jewish people during World War II, an attempt to cast a new look on its ancient and new history.

The Jew Uray Spitzer, a Slovak writer was a witness of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe in 1939-1944.

He survived Jewish pogroms in Bratislava, lost his parents in the Holocaust, got into the death camp in Novaky. From Novaky death trains were sent to Oswiecim by gardists - servants of the Tiso Soviet regime.

The book of memories won't leave the reader indifferent.

It opens the picture of tragic events from the life of one simple boy, who "didn't want to be a Jew".

Spitzer Uray. I did not want to be a Jew. - K.: Veselka, 2000. - 303 p. - In Ukrainian, translated from Slovak.

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