I Rest My Case

Mark Verstandig
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Published

10 August 1993

ISBN

9780522847819

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

I Rest My Case

Mark Verstandig
Mark Verstandig's epic of Eastern European Jewry is part-autobiography, part-Holocaust literature, part-sociological analysis-an outstanding achievement.
Mark Verstandig's compelling epic spans pre-Holocaust Jewish culture in Eastern Europe and its post-war reformation in Australia.His personal story interweaves the vast forces of politics and history with intimate details of the shtetl-from the pre-war intricacies of Galician society and the textures of a traditional Jewish religious education, to the agonizing contradictions of Polish-Jewish relations and the complexities of post-war Jewish politics.His account of the displaced persons camps where 'transit Jews' awaited their chance to emigrate is a significant contribution to a little-known aspect of post-war history.With his gift for observation and his acute powers of analysis, Mark Verstandig has achieved the rare feat of telling the story of his people through its own history. Part autobiography, part Holocaust literature, part sociological analysis, I Rest My Case is a fine achievement.
Mark Verstandig's compelling epic spans pre-Holocaust Jewish culture in Eastern Europe and its post-war reformation in Australia.His personal story interweaves the vast forces of politics and history with intimate details of the shtetl-from the pre-war intricacies of Galician society and the textures of a traditional Jewish religious education, to the agonizing contradictions of Polish-Jewish relations and the complexities of post-war Jewish politics.His account of the displaced persons camps where 'transit Jews' awaited their chance to emigrate is a significant contribution to a little-known aspect of post-war history.With his gift for observation and his acute powers of analysis, Mark Verstandig has achieved the rare feat of telling the story of his people through its own history. Part autobiography, part Holocaust literature, part sociological analysis, I Rest My Case is a fine achievement.

About the author

Mark Verstandig lives in Melbourne, where he has always been active in community affairs and, now in his eighties, is still a well-known Yiddish broadcaster, public speaker and journalist. I Rest My Case was translated from Yiddish by his daughter Felicity Verstandig

About Mark Verstandig

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