Holocaust survivor Harry Gordon recalls in brutal detail the anguished years of his youth, a youth spent struggling to survive in a Lithuanian concentration camp. A memoir about hope and resilience, The Shadow of Death describes the invasion of Kovno by the Red Army and the impact of Soviet occupation from the perspective of the ghetto's weakest and poorest class. It also serves as a reminder that the Germans were not alone responsible for the persecution and extermination of Jews.
"Preserves the record for the many in detailing major events; the ambivalent behavior of Lithuanians toward Jews; and the community organization, work, and routine of ghetto life." (Library Journal)
"Graphically reminds us of the horrors of the Holocaust and of Harry Gordon's indomitable spirit which time and time again allowed him to face life and death with courage and faith." (Rabbi Meyer H. May)
"A powerful tribute to the human spirit and the will and determination of one human being to survive in a hell not of one’s own making." (CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly)
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