Remembering Rohatyn and Its Environs

Remembering Rohatyn and Its Environs : 2nd Edition

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On March 20, 1942, thousands of Jews were rounded up and brought to the Rohatyn train plaza. From there, the Jews were loaded onto trucks and sent off to be murdered and buried en masse.

As they were being ushered forward, many saw a chance to save a child. That child was Donia.

On that day, Donia promised to find a way to remember those people and to bring her town "back to life." She acquired the permission from the Rohatyn Society to have the town's Yizkor Book translated so that it maybe accessible to survivors, their families, and historians.

Donia collected biographies of the contributors and new memoirs. She recorded speeches and photos from the Rohatyn Society's two visits to Rohatyn in the 1990's.

Together, these form the contents of Remembering Rohatyn and its Environs; a testimony and commemoration for those who saved a grateful young girl.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 658 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 40mm | 966g
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations
  • 0996599916
  • 9780996599917
  • 3,192,951

Review quote

"The voice of Donia Gold Shwarzstein is unique; she is like a light in a shadow of the world; 70 years after Holocaust, she turns our eyes to the future. The beautiful narrative of faces, souvenirs, family history of the Jews from Rohatyn are strong enough to keep their memory alive! To remember them, to read this book is definitively the best way to say no, they will neither be forgotten, they are our part of human family that we need to build for a brighter future!" Father Patrick Desbois, President and Founder of Yahad-In Unum, Professor, Georgetown University.

"Generations of Jews from the community of Rohatyn and its environs will be grateful to Donia Gold Shwarzstein for her diligence and perseverance. Simply put, she brought it all together and thus enabled the descendants of Rohatyn and their children and children's children to know from whence they came, which is so important in deciding where one must go." Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University, Executive Editor of the New Encyclopedia Judaica.

"Remembering Rohatyn is a reference I will continue to use again and again to support and illustrate the history of the once-vibrant Jewish community of my ancestral home of Rohatyn, and a reminder that life​ ​continues and that Rohatyn still exists, not only in memory, but also​ ​in our hearts." Marla Raucher Osborn, co-founder, Rohatyn Jewish Heritage

"This book is a must have for those who are interested in the Jewish history of Rohatyn and its surrounding towns. It is a beautiful memorial to the Jewish community that lived, worked, socialized, and raised their families for hundreds of years in Rohatyn and tragically ended with the Holocaust." Alex Feller, Founder, Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group
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