The Hide-and-Seek Children

The Hide-and-Seek Children : Recollections of Jewish Survivors from Slovakia

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Barbara Barnett's long fascination with the lives of a group of 148 Slovakian children is here at last realised in print. The contributors - some of whose stories are told by Barbara, others whose memoirs appear in their own words - are survivors of anti-Semitic atrocities perpetrated by Slovak fascists from 1939 until 1944 and later by the invading Nazis. In 1948, as a Communist regime was about to take over, Dr Solomon Schonfeld - an English rabbi with a mission to protect and sustain surviving Jewish children - appeared in their lives offering a year of recuperation and traditional Jewish education in England or the Republic of Ireland. The book is illustrated throughout with archive documents, newspaper cuttings and treasured family photographs. The first part, with maps by Martin Gilbert, provides an historical, cultural and biographical introduction to the very personal reminiscences that follow. The survivors represent a cross-section of the Slovak Jewish population, a mix of town and country origin and of social levels.We read not only of how they left Slovakia, but of how their lives developed - of their achievements in gaining financial independence, managing impressive careers and creating new families.
It is an inspiring record.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 526 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 26mm | 730g
  • Mansion Field
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1905021100
  • 9781905021109
  • 613,420

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'A stirring story...scholarly yet gripping. It's heartening to read how shattered lives blossomed into successful careers and the creation of new homes and families. Their benefactor, Levy, sadly became bankrupt through buying the castle. But he'd made his mark: Clonyn door-frames still bear the imprint of mezuzahs, long since removed.' Madeleine Kingsley, The Jewish Chronicle, April 2012. 'This is a compelling, moving, highly evocative and sensitive treasure box of information...' Michael Pinto Duschinsky, Jewish Quarterly, Summer 2012
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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett, M.Phil, is a retired social worker. She assisted the organisers of the 1998 Reunion and went on to learn more about these young survivors: their pre-war lives, the struggle of the Jewish community leaders, and how families tried to protect themselves and their children.
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