The last of the just : a novel / by André Schwarz-Bart ; translated from the French by Stephen Becker.

Schwarz-Bart, André, 1928-2006.
Standardized Title:
Dernier des justes. English
Woodstock [N.Y.] : Overlook Press, 2000.
374 p. ; 21 cm.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jewish resistance.
Tradition (Judaism) -- Fiction.
Published in sixteen languages and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Andre Schwarz-Bart's The Last of the Just is considered by many the single greatest novel of the Holocaust. This classic work -- long unavailable in a trade edition -- is one of those few novels that, once read, is never forgotten.
On March 11, 1185, tn the old Anglican city of York, the Jews of the city were brutally massacred by their townsmen. As legend has it, God blessed the only survivor of this Medieval pogrom, Rabbi Yom Tov Levy, as one of the Lamed-vov, the thirty-six Just Men of Jewish tradition, a blessing which extended to one Levy of each succeeding generation. This terrifying and remarkable Legacy is traced over eight centuries, from the Spanish Inquisition, to expulsions from England, France, Portugal Germany, and Russia, and to the small Polish village of Zemyock, where the Levys settle for two centuries in relative peace. It is in the twentieth century that Ernie Levy emerges, the Last of the Just, in 1920s Germany, as Hitter's sinister star is on the rise and the agonies of Auschwitz loom on the horizon.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
Becker, Stephen D., 1927-1999.
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
1585670162 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781585670161 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0585670162 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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