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  • The work of the deadThe work of the dead : a cultural history of mortal remains

    Laqueur, Thomas Walter.

    "The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead, acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected Diogenes's argument. No culture has been indifferent to mortal remains. Even in our supposedly disenchanted scientific age, the dead body still matters--for individuals, communities, and nations. A remarkably ambitious history, The Work of the Dead offers a compelling and richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead, from antiquity to the twentieth century. The book draws on a vast range of sources--from mortuary archaeology, medical tracts, letters, songs, poems, and novels to painting and landscapes in order to recover the work that the dead do for the living: making human communities that connect the past and the future. Laqueur shows how the churchyard became the dominant resting place of the dead during the Middle Ages and why the cemetery largely supplanted it during the modern period. He traces how and why since the nineteenth century we have come to gather the names of the dead on great lists and memorials and why being buried without a name has become so disturbing. And finally, he tells how modern cremation, begun as a fantasy of stripping death of its history, ultimately failed--and how even the ashes of the victims of the Holocaust have been preserved in culture. A fascinating chronicle of how we shape the dead and are in turn shaped by them, this is a landmark work of cultural history."--

  • The plot against AmericaThe plot against America

    Roth, Philip.

  • The family MoskatThe family Moskat

    Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991.

  • It's not a QuestionIt's not a Question

    Cohen, Myron.

  • Bridge of ClayBridge of Clay

    Zusak, Markus, author.

  • America's Jewish womenAmerica's Jewish women : a history from colonial times to today

    Nadell, Pamela Susan, author.

  • Three ButterfliesThree Butterflies

  • The Kitten who forgot to ask for foodThe Kitten who forgot to ask for food

  • Walk in the ZooWalk in the Zoo

  • Are you my mother?Are you my mother?

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  • First the JewaFirst the Jewa : Combaing the world's Longest running hate Campaign

    Moffiic, Rabbi Evam.

  • No Place to Be But HereNo Place to Be But Here. My life and times

    Mild, Larry.

  • America's Jewish womenAmerica's Jewish women : a history from colonial times to today

    Nadell, Pamela Susan, author.

  • Savage feastSavage feast : three generations, two continents, and a dinner table : (a memoir with recipes)

    Fishman, Boris, 1979-, author.

  • The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Tattooist of Auschwitz : a novel

    Morris, Heather, (Screenwriter), author.

    "In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism--but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her"--Dust jacket flap.

  • Honey and poiHoney and poi / appendix

    Sgan, Mathew.

  • BraidedBraided : a physician's journey of a thousand challahs

    Ricanati, Elizabeth.

  • Holy ceremonyHoly ceremony

    Nykanen, Harri.

    A woman's body scrawled with religious texts is found in a Helsinki apartment. Jewish homicide inspector Ariel Kafka investigates. What begins as an investigation of Christian religious lunatics shifts into a hunt for a perpetrator who is more damaged than dangerous, the victim of institutionally countenanced pedophilia at a boarding school. Ariel Kafka finds himself investigating a series of crimes leading to the enigmatic Brotherhood of the Holy Vault, founded at the school. The brotherhood's former members have gone on to become Oxford professors and important CEOs, all reluctant to recall their school days. But before Kafka can solve the puzzle, more than one person must pay for past sins with his life.

  • Operation Finale (DVD)Operation Finale (DVD)

    The thrilling true story of the secret mission led by Israeli intelligence agent Peter Malkin to infiltrate Argentina and capture Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the plans that sent millions of innocent Jews to their deaths during World War II, and bring him to justice.

  • The collector's apprenticeThe collector's apprentice : a novel

    Shapiro, Barbara A., 1951-, author.

    "It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris--broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence--and exact revenge on George. When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates--including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder"--

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