“Gates of Tears The Holocaust in the Lublin District” by Dr. David Silberklang

Dr. David Silberklang

Dr. David Silberklang

This past week our students received copies of one of their favorite faculty member’s new books.  Dr. David Silberklang recently published his book “Gates of Tears: The Holocaust in the Lublin District”, which is the first comprehensive representation of the Holocaust in Lublin to be printed in English.  It has been receiving very positive reviews in and out of our program, and we are so proud to be able to offer courses with outstanding scholars like Dr. Siblerklang.


“No hope remained, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Talmud wrote in his last letter. Only luck could save the Jewish people of the Lublin District.

Gates of Tears is the first book in English to examine the Holocaust in the Lublin District, an area central to Nazi anti-Jewish policy. As the headquarters to “Operation Reinhard,” Lublin is also key to understanding the Jewish responses. The analysis traces two connecting threads – forced population movements and forced labor. The bitter early memory of these constants in German policy later became a determining factor in the Jews’ actions.

Many Jews hid or fled the deportations to death camps and forced labor, fearing a more extreme version of earlier experience, yet unable to grasp the “Final Solution.” Lublin was a district of contradictions, with few ghettos yet little survival. This book also gives voice to the extensive communication among Jews, even amidst the deportations and murder.

The story of the Lublin District highlights the futility of the Jews’ responses to the Holocaust. The Jews could not significantly affect their collective fate.”

הורדTo purchase the book click here.

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website: http://holocaust-studies.haifa.ac.il/


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