How do you live a normal life in a Concentration Camp?
The Gurs Camp (technically called a detention camp) in southwestern France was the testing ground for thousands of Jews attempting to pit their belief in God and themselves against the inhumanity of war. Here, in 1941, the inmates decided to hold a Seder on Passover, the Holiday of Freedom, in order to declare their own freedom from the terror of oppression.
Replete with photographs, and featuring a facsimile of the actual Haggadah recreated from memory and used in the camp, The Gurs Haggadah sheds light on a little known camp where, despite the stresses and sub-human conditions, the people enriched their own lives by organizing both religious and cultural activities while suffering under the yoke of Nazi brutality.
Bella Gutterman is the Director of Publications for Yad Vashem, the oldest and probably most well known Holocaust Museum in the world. Both she and Naomi Morgenstern have edited this moving testimonial to those who did not survive the rigors of Gurs or the death camps many were eventually sent to.
Co-published with Yad Vashem, in Israel
Hardcover 104 pages, 8.5 inchx11 inch
Publisher: Devora, 2003