Scrolls of Testimony by Abba Kovner

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Scrolls of Testimony is a profoundly moving chronicle of the Holocaust. The author, award-winning Israeli writer Abba Kovner, intended this book as an almost liturgical account of the greatest tragedy to befall the Jewish people, and he wrote it in the Jewish tradition of megillot, or scrolls. Taken together, the pages are reminiscent of the Talmud, with the central text surrounded by notes and excerpts of poetry and prose.


Scrolls of Testimony reads like a suspense novel - powerful, dramatic and compelling - but it is more than that. It is the testimony of the author woven with others’ eyewitness accounts, diary entries, poems, and even last wills and testaments. Many of these were carefully recorded and hidden during the war at great personal risk to the writers, who desperately wanted to record the unfathomable events unfolding around them.


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Published January 1, 2001 by The Jewish Publication Society. 192 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Cast in a form that imitates the Talmud (a central text surrounded by marginal commentaries), this compact epic history of the sufferings of Europe’s Jews during WWII was left uncompleted at the death of its acclaimed Israeli author (1918–87), and published in Hebrew in 1993.

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One of his characters, the Italian doctor and rabbi Nathan Cassuto, voices this belief when he tells his cell mates at Auschwitz, ""Let each of us place his story in the safe keeping of his companion's memory and, God willing, the last of us fated to survive will be the first to write the scroll ...

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