The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod

Avrom Bendavid-Val, preface by Jonathan Safran Foer. Pegasus (Norton, dist.), $25.95 (256p) ISBN 978-1-60598-113-0
Bendavid-Val, a specialist in economic development and environmental management, revisits the site of a lost town, Trochenbrod, and celebrates its vigor before Nazi oppression. The author recalls his father's stories of Trochenbrod, Ukraine, a thriving center for commerce and academics before being diminished by world wars, forced labor, and slaughter. Most disturbing are Bendavid-Val's account of a proud Jewish community brought to their knees through humiliation, brutality, and betrayal by their neighbors. Finally razed to the ground by the Nazis, the town, home to more than 6,000 people, effectively vanished, leaving only 60 survivors. Thoroughly researched, this book brings the mythical town to life, wonderfully preserving a memorable segment of Jewish lore. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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