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By Melody Amsel
Yizkor book for the town of Stropkov in the Slovak Republic. Numerous pictures. Necrology.

Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov

  • "I must say I am very impressed by what you have done, and hope that the book will find its way to every Holocaust library. You are really to be congratulated for a very fine achievement."  -- Sir Martin Gilbert


    Melody Amsel, an American-born Israeli amateur genealogist, has created a beautifully written yizkor (Holocaust memorial) book about the Jews of Stropkov, Slovak Republic. Many Jewish genealogists have memorialized members of their family murdered in the Holocaust. Ms. Amsel went a step further and not only memorialized the Amsels of Stropkov, but all the Jews of Stropkov. The book has some unusual features for a yizkor book. It is written in two languages: Hebrew and English, each a mirror of the other. It does not have a necrology--a list of those who were killed. Instead, it lists all the Jews of Stropkov (and neighboring communities), identifying the survivors in bold face. The list goes on for 64 pages of Holocaust victims, occasionally interrupted by an entry in bold face to identify a survivor. Of the more than 2,000 Stropkovers identified, only 162 survived the Holocaust.

    The narrative is a history of the Jews of Stropkov, from their first presence about 1640 to 1945. Particular emphasis is on life just before the Holocaust and the events during the Holocaust. Amsel personalizes the times by not merely describing life during these periods but by naming Jewish citizens of the town. Clearly she interviewed many of the survivors and described activity as it happened to specific people.

    A middle section has more than 100 pictures of the Jews of Stropkov. Heavy emphasis is on life before the Holocaust and even pictures taken during the deportations by a Christian photographer.


    7" x 10"  352 pages hard cover $49


                     Over 100 photos included in this book!


    Blessing vii
    Acknowledgements ix
    About the Author x
    Introduction xi
    Chapter One: The Early Years 1
    Chapter Two, 1800-1867 9
    Chapter Three: 1867-1880 19
    Chapter Four: 1880-1914 24
    Chapter Five: 1914-1937 35
    Chapter Six: Life in the Late 1930s 43
    Chapter Seven: The Holidays 57
    Chapter Eight: "The Troubles" 67
    Chapter Nine: The Deportations 78
    Chapter Ten: The Fate of the Transports 86
    Chapter Eleven: Survival, 1942-1945 92
    Chapter Twelve: Aftermath 108
    Chapter Thirteen: Conclusion 112
    Appendix A: Spelling and Names 115
    Appendix B: Further Reading 116
    Appendix C: Further Research 117
    Appendix D: The Jews of Stropkov, 1942-1945: Their Names, Their Fate 121
    Glossary 190
    Bibliography 192
    Index to Places 198
    Index to Names 199

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