Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close
The Narrow Bridge Beyond the Holocaust cover
  • ISBN: 9780252025617
  • ISBN10: 025202561X

The Narrow Bridge Beyond the Holocaust

by Isaac Neuman

  • List Price: $38.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/2000
used Add to Cart $16.65
You save: 56%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $67.50
Marketplace Item
ebook Buy $39.33
Provided by VitalSource
License: 365 days
Description
As a boy studying Torah, Isaac Neuman learned to seek the spiritual lessons hidden in everyday life. Likewise, in this narrative of occupation and holocaust, he uncovers a core of human decency and spiritual strength that inhumanity, starvation, and even death failed to extinguish.

Unlike many Holocaust memoirs that focus on physical suffering and endurance, The Narrow Bridge follows a spiritual journey. Neuman describes the world of Polish Jewry before and during the Holocaust, recreating the strong religious and secular personalities of his childhood and early youth in Zdunska Wola, Poland: the outcast butcher, Haskel Traskalawski; the savvy criminal-turned-entrepreneur Nochem Ellia; the trusted Dr. Lemberg, liaison to the German occupation government; and Neuman's beloved teacher, Reb Mendel. Through their stories, Neuman reveals the workings of a community tested to the limits of faith and human dignity.

With his brother Yossel, Neuman was transported to the Poznan area, first to the Yunikowo work camp in May 1941, then on to St. Martin's Cemetery camp, where they removed gold jewelry and fillings from exhumed corpses. A string of concentration camps followed, each more oppressive than the last: Furstenfelde, Auschwitz, Funfteichen, Gross Rosen, Mauthausen, Wels, and Ebensee. In the midst of these horrors, the brothers kept their feet on the "narrow bridge" of life by holding to their faith, their memories, and each other. In the end, only Isaac survived.

The Narrow Bridge celebrates symbolic victories of faith over brute force. The execution of Zdunska Wola's Jewish spiritual and intellectual leaders is trumped by an act of breathtaking courage and conviction. A secretPassover Seder is cobbled together from hoarded bits of wax, piecemeal prayers, and matzoh baked in delousing ovens. A dying fellow inmate gives Neuman his warm coat as they both lie freezing on the ground.

Such rituals of faith and acts of kindness, combined with boyhood memories and a sense of spiritual responsibility, sustained Neuman through the Holocaust and helped him to reconstruct his life after the war. His story is a powerful testimony to an unquenchable faith and a spirit tried by fire.

Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Location: Harrisburg, PA
Very Good
025202561X Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge-NICE.
$16.65
Bookworks

Location: Chicago, IL
Like New
Shipping Icon
Book Very light rubbing to rear panel of DJ. Book remains fine, tightly bound with unmarked contents.
$17.95
Orphans Treasure Box

Location: Champaign, IL
Very Good
Shipping Icon
025202561X Ships quickly. SIGNED BY AUTHOR with inscription of front flyleaf.
[...]
$22.48
Better World Books West

Location: Mishawaka, IN
Very Good
Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book!
[...]
$38.80
Found Books

Location: AUSTIN, TX
Good
025202561X.
$48.37
Book Panther

Location: Wellington, FL
New
025202561X New Condition.
$67.50