This is a profoundly moving chronicle of the Holocaust. The author, award-winning Israeli writer Abba Kovner, intended this book as a quasi-liturgical account of the greatest tragedy to befall the Jewish people, and he wrote it in the Jewish tradition of megillot, or scrolls. Taken together, the pages are reminiscent of the Talmud, with the central text surrounded by notes and excerpts of poetry and prose. This book is powerful, dramatic and compelling - the testimony of the author woven with others' eyewitness accounts, diary entries, poems, and even last wills and testaments. Many of these were carefully recorded and hidden during the war at great personal risk to the writers, who desperately wanted to record the unfathomable events before them. Regarded by many as one of the great masterpieces of Holocaust literature, this is indeed a modern Jewish classic. Kovner worked on the book until his death, and it remains his final tribute to the courage and dignity of the victims and a fulfillment of his promise to bring their testimony to future generations.
Scrolls of TestimonyBy Abba Kovner
Illustrated by: Samuel Bak
Translated by: Dr. Edward Levenston
9.25"x12" (191 Pages)Publisher: Jewish Publication Society, 2001
Foreword by Rabbi Irving Greenberg, President of Jewish Life Network and Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. The haunting paintings of acclaimed artist Samuel Bak, who, like Kovner is a son and survivor of the Vilna ghetto, grace the book.