“The War Against The Jews” by Lucy Dawidowicz explores a very dark time in history and interprets it from her view. Through the use of other novels, she concurs and agrees to form her opinion. This essay will explore who Dawidowicz is, why she wrote the book, what the book is about, what other authors have explored with the same topic, and how I feel about the topic she wrote about. All in all, much research will be presented throughout the essay. In the end you will see how strongly I feel about the topic I chose. I believe that although Hitler terrorized the Jews, they continued to be stronger than ever, and tried to keep up their society.
Lucy Dawidowicz, the author of “The War Against The Jews 1933-1945” grew up in New York. She was born in 1915. Lucy started her undergraduate at Hunter College, where she studied English. After completing her undergraduate with tremendous achievement she started going to Columbia University to finish getting her masters in English Literature. While she was studying profusely she interrupted her studies to “work and study Jewish culture at Yivo, the legendary research institute in Vilna, Poland.” (Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against The Jews 1933-1945 (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1986), Front Cover.) She studied here for a rewarding year and then returned to New York to study more with the Yivo. After the debilitating WWII ended, she went over to Europe where she helped the Jewish people “recreate schools and libraries, and she recovered vast collections of books
seized by the Nazis”. (Richard Berstein, “Lucy S. Dawidowicz, 75, Scholar Of Jewish Life and History, Dies,” The New York Times, (1990): http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/06/obituaries/lucy-s-dawidowicz-75-scholar-of-jewish-life-and-history-dies.html, Page 1-2). She discovered a lot of information that would help her write the book, and come up with her claim. When she was studying “she had lived in Vilna, Poland, from 1938 to 1939, where she witnessed the onslaught of European anti-Semitism, writing about the experience in a memoir, “From That Place and Time,” published by W.W Norton last year. As one can tell, Dawidowicz didn’t just make up the information in the book; she had primary and secondary sources to back it up. The book was written and published in 1975, but she had gathered all the evidence from the previous years. She was so impacted by the Jewish life getting tormented and damaged, and her seeing it first hand, that she became influenced to start researching the Jewish Culture. As the New York Times so accurately states Dawidowicz wanted to “Preserve Jewish culture in the post war world.” (Berstein, “Lucy S Dawidowicz 75, Scholar of Jewish Life and History Dies,” Page 2). She certainly did not want them to be forgotten. The book makes sure to take every view into perspective, and to show her side off those views.
In the book, “The War against the Jews”, Dawidowicz comes up with a few arguments. The book...