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  • Perilous Escape

    Dr Chaskel Wyszkowski

    Perilous Escape is a captivating and inspiring account of Dr. Chaskel Wyszkowski's courageous escape from Poland, separated from his mother and younger brother, HY''D, during the Nazi blitzkrieg of Europe. Grandson of the illustrious Rebbe of Modzitz in Otwock, Poland, the author takes us on his journey through Vilna, Japan, Australia, Israel, and eventually to New York City where he settles down and raises his family. The narrative comes to life with over 130 photos, documents and newspaper clippings, each one a testimony to his incredible bravery, love of Israel, deep faith in G-d, love for his family and ultimate success.

    About the author

    Dr. Chaskel Wyszkowski is a retired teacher of Jewish History. He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received a BA at Yeshiva University. Dr. Wyszkowski has a MA and Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Bernard Revel Graduate School and served as Chairman of the Jewish History department at Flatbush Yeshiva from 1970-2002, retiring to Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2009. He also taught at NYU, Brooklyn College and Empire State College. Other publications by the author include A Community in Conflict - American Jewry during the Great European Immigration; The Modzitzer Rebbe; and Mishkan Avraham, a collection of his father's writings. This autobiography is a legacy for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a testament to the growth and success of post-WWII European Jewry.

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  • Flower of God

    Herbert Ausubel

    Flower of God tells the story of the author’s paternal ancestral family from the time of the Temple of Solomon to the present: their migration from ancient Israel to Babylon, to Persia, to Anatolia, to Europe and finally to the United States.

    Dr. Herbert Ausubel’s saga of his family history is a captivating story of the Jewish experience, at once universal and unique. It is Everyman’s tale, and the family’s struggles are immediately recognized by anyone who knows something of the immigrant’s journey, whatever the ethnicity. It is easy to empathize with the characters because Ausubel captures their humanity, and their difficult search for a hard-won life of dignity, purpose and acceptance.

    This book is a testament to the unbelievable courage of the Jewish people and the indomitable human spirit. William Faulkner’s marvelous Nobel Prize acceptance speech provides the perfect summary of their struggle: “We will not merely endure, we will prevail.”

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  • My Yeshiva College: 75 Years of Memories

    Zev Nagel

    With only a first graduating class of less than twenty, Yeshiva College today boasts close to eight hundred students, all enrolled in the undergraduate dual program. This book celebrates the past seventy-years of Yeshiva College, written from the perspective of former students and faculty members—many of whom still teach at and are involved with Yeshiva today. This book of vivid, personal memories reveals the influential role Yeshiva College has played in the educating generations of American Jews, and the intellectual, social, and religious challenges it continues to face. Learn More
  • A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

    Lisa Cooper

    A Forgotten Land tells the story of one Jewish family, and their lives in the Russian Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book is set against a backdrop of the pogroms, WW1, the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Weaving together history and personal tragedy, the book tells the story of the author's grandmother Pearl, whose comfortable family life is horrifically altered, firstly by her own mother's untimely death, and later by the Bolshevik Revolution and all its outcomes. Both the Tzarist and Communist armies attempt to destroy Pearl's hometown, slaughtering Jews as they go. As a teenager, Pearl is forced to keep her family from the brink of poverty by becoming the primary breadwinner. She risks her own life to support the family she loves. After becoming a black market gold dealer she can finally take it no more and escapes, leaving the family and home that she loves forever. Learn More
  • My Blue Kitchen

    Esther Rafaeli

    My Blue Kitchen is a collection of memories recorded by Esther Rafaeli over 50 years of marriage. In these, she tells the story of her family's history, the joys and challenges of life in the early days of the State of Israel and other centers of Jewish life during the 20th Century.

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