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Tragedy of the Twentieth Century

The late 1930's, the Second World War, and the immediate postwar period are tragic examples of human nature's destructive capacity.

Heroism and dedication existed side by side with baseness and disdain for human life. Between these two extremes were lapses and fears, insensitivity, various gestures of sympathy, and quiet, everyday assistance.

The biographies presented here are rooted the Holocaust period and the resistance, and also in the later phase of Stalinist-era persecutions.

Jozef Szajna has been included in this section, because his work represented a constant quest to determine the value of human life when one's fate was in other people's hands.
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Artists and Writers
 - Samuel Josef Agnon
 - Miriam Akavia
 - Ida Fink
 - Henryk Grynberg
 - Mela Muter
 - Abraham Neuman
 - Isaac Leib Peretz
 - Bruno Schulz
Between Zionism and Assimilation
 - Szymon Aszkenazy
Industrialists, Pioneers in Business
 - Jan Bogumil Bloch
 - Natan Glucksberg
 - Leopold Kronenberg
 - Maurycy Orgelbrand
 - Samuel Orgelbrand
 - Szmul Zbytkower
Rabbis and Tzaddikim
 - Juda Liw Ben Bekalela
 - Chafetz Chaim
 - Moses Isserles
 - Asher ben Jechiel
 - Icchak ben Meir Lewi
 - Elimelech of Lezajsk
 - Moses Maimonides
 - Dov Ber of Mezritch
 - Moses ben Nachman
 - Nachman ben Simcha
 - Elijah ben Solomon
 - Baal Shem Tov
Scholars
 - Zygmunt Bauman
 - Aleksander Hertz
Tragedy of the Twentieth Century
 - Wiktor Alter
 - Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
 - Adam Czerniakow
 - Marek Edelman
 - Jakub Herman
 - Jan Karski
 - Janusz Korczak
 - Witold Pilecki
 - Emmanuel Ringelblum
 - Chaim Rumkowski
 - Jozef Szajna

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