The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life


Before and During the Holocaust
Edited by Shmuel Spector and Geoffrey Wigoder
In association with NYUP
(2001) ISBN: 0-8147-9356-8, Cat. No. 299

3 volumes of 600 pp. each, hard cover, 22X28 cm.

The Encyclopedia represents the fruit of more than three decades of labor at Yad Vashem. Based on a thirty-volume encyclopedia published only in Hebrew, this accessible edition recreates in illustrations and prose the distinctive culture lost during the Holocaust and makes this invaluable resource available in English for the first time. Features more than 6,500 communities profiled; 600 photographs and illustrations; 17 pages of maps; chronology; glossary; complete bibliography; index of communities; index of personalities. An ideal resource for genealogists. The Encyclopedia received the 2001 Reference Book Award from the Research and Special Libraries Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

One of the most important literary projects in English on the history of the Jewish people..” [Itamar Levin, Globes]

This three volume set is a required acquisition for libraries and anyone interested in Jewish studies.” [Publishers Weekly]

..superb translation project… this extraordinary history of a people chronicles the lives, habits and customs of more than 6,500 thriving communities. Based on more than 30 years of research, it involves the work of 80 international contributors and includes more than 600 black and white photographs and 17 pages of maps. The pictorial supplement of scenes from the Holocaust reminds us of a world gone awry.” [Brian Coutts and Tamara McConnell, Library Journal]

An outstanding tribute to the vanished communities… a valuable resource for students, scholars, genealogists and anyone interested in modern history.” [Chicago Booklist]