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Scroll of Agony The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A Kaplan

Smuggled out of the ghetto and carefully preserved in a kerosene can on a farm outside Warsaw Chaim Kaplan's diary originally recorded in beautiful disciplined Hebrew script is a detailed eyewitness report of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw and a uniue account of the destruction of the Jewish communities of Poland Scroll of Agony begin A Searing Account of Life in the Warsaw Ghetto None of the Holocaust diaries make for easy reading Of these painful eyewitness accounts perhaps none is searing than that of Chaim Aaron Kaplan the one time principal of a Hebrew school in Warsaw until his academy was shut down and banned by the Nazis and Kaplan banished to that city s notorious Ghetto Appalled at the destruction and ruin that the enemy s planes have wrought on our lovely capital Chaim Kaplan declared early on I have made a role for myself in these historic times not to let a single day go by without making an entry in my diary that is to bear witness and document first hand the suffering of his fellow Jews and the abominable cruelty if the Nazi oppressor even when it is hard to hold a pen in my hand Despite indescribable hardships he added accounts to his dairy nearly every day continually augmenting his scroll of agony Chaim Kaplan portrayed daily scenes with uncompromising clarity using suitably strong language that does not detract from the erudition and elouence of his writing Kaplan obviously kept well informed of what was happening either by reading illegal underground newspapers or reading between the lines of the articles printed in the Nazi sanctioned press that served primarily as a tool of propaganda That Chaim Kaplan was able to maintain such a high standard of writing in utterly appalling conditions is remarkable all the so as he did not have the chance to edit or revise his work My words are not rewritten momentary reflexes shape them Perhaps their value lies in this he write on January 16 1942 Chaim Kaplan wrote alone keeping his diary secret though he was a somewhat of a loner he had many informants However it was his dairy that offered Kaplan hope for the future and comfort for the immediate times he need it most This journal is my life my friend and ally he wrote on November 13 1941 I pour my innermost thoughts and feelings into it and this brings me relief When my nerves are taught and my blood is boiling than I am full of bitterness In my helplessness I drag myself to my diary and at once I am enveloped by a wave of creative inspiration although I doubt whether the recording that occupies me deserves to be called creative The important thing is that in keeping this diary I find spiritual rest That is enough for me Anyone reading this book would say that Kaplan was being modest the writing is of very high uality indeed Kaplan chronicled the occupation of Warsaw from the earliest days after the invasion though August 1942 during the time of the great liuidations Chaim Kaplan knew that his chances of survival were slim However he often expressed an optimism that Hitlerian Nazism will ultimately be defeated for in the end the civilized nations will rise up to defend the liberty which the German barbarians seek to steal from mankind And in our good fortune Chaim Kaplan s masterful diary too would survive to tell all about it

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S on September 1 1939 as the author a respected educator describes the Nazi blitzkrieg that stunned the world It ends in August 1942 when Kaplan realized that the Nazi noose was around his neck Kaplan's remarkably objective account of the politics of occupation depicts a world of starvation and forced labor of capricious death and pl Harrowing great Your efforts were not wasted Mr Kaplan your diary made it Thank you

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Anned mass murder Yet his orderly script also conveys a world in which the struggle for survival included spiritual resistance conducting services behind drawn shades struggling to keep the schools open and holding on to the rich fabric of communal life in defiance of the strongest force of dehumanization that the world has ever seen Ciekawy zapis los w syjonistycznego pedagoga i publicysty dyrektora prywatnej szko y w 1939 r Na szczeg ln uwag oczywi cie zas uguj te z pocz tk w okupacji gdy syjoni ci na z o okupantowi czuli dum z tego e mogli afiszowa swoj przynale no narodow patrz c z pogard na asymilator w Kaplan dobrze przewiduje los kt ry czeka nied ugo ydowsk spo eczno wpisuj c go w los biblijnych yd w m wi cho by o gazach bojowych kt rymi mog zosta potraktowani pisze tak e o tym jak szybko zosta wykopany a w a ciwie poszerzony d mi dzy spo ecze stwem polskim i ydowskim ju w pierwszych dniach okupacji


6 thoughts on “Scroll of Agony The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A Kaplan

  1. says:

    A Searing Account of Life in the Warsaw Ghetto None of the Holocaust diaries make for easy reading Of these painful eyewitness accoun

  2. says:

    Harrowing great Your efforts were not wasted Mr Kaplan your diary made it Thank you

  3. says:

    Ciekawy zapis losów syjonistycznego pedagoga i publicysty dyrektora prywatnej szkoły w 1939 r Na szczególną uwagę oczywiście zasługują te z początków okupacji gdy syjoniści na złość okupantowi czuli dumę z tego że mogli afiszować swoją przynależność narodową patrząc z pogardą na asymilatorów Kaplan

  4. says:

    This is a very intellectual and impersonal chronicle of the life in the Warsaw Ghetto There's very little perso

  5. says:

    Scroll of Agony is a very appropriate title It is agonising to read but as the author himself states this diary is source material for the future historian。 Jan 16 1942  I have read a few holocaust memoirs but this has a different feel a very heavy tone I think it is because it is a diary and not a survival account and it is peppered with biblical allusions Here we see details fears small joys the vacillation between hope and despair

  6. says:

    Scroll of Agony by Chaim Kaplan 1999 416 pagesKaplan writes of the horror of life in the Warsaw Ghetto with riveting precision and amazing prescience His stark elouence leaves the reader breathless as the victims must have felt from the merciless oppressor's ever tightening yoke With the author's death so too dies a part of us knowing of the countless dreams loves lives and culture lost to this most tragic event in world historyAll of the

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