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The last of the just
Schwarz-Bart, André, 1928-2006.
Uniform Title:
Dernier des justes. English
Publication Information:
Woodstock [N.Y.] : Overlook Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
374 pages ; 21 cm
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On March 11, 1185, in the old Anglican city of York, the Jews of the city were brutally massacred by their townsmen. As legend has it, God blessed the only survivor of this medieval pogrom, Rabbi Yom Tov Levy, as one of the Lamed-Vov, the thirty-six Just Men of Jewish tradition, a blessing which extended to one Levy of each succeeding generation. This terrifying and remarkable legacy is traced over eight centuries, from the Spanish Inquisition, to expulsions from England, France, Portugal, Germany, and Russia, and to the small Polish village of Zemyock, where the Levys settle for two centuries in relative peace. It is in the twentieth century that Ernie Levy emerges, The Last of the Just, in 1920s Germany, as Hitler's sinister star is on the rise and the agonies of Auschwitz loom on the horizon. This classic work, long unavailable in a trade edition, is one of those few novels that, once read, is never forgotten.

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Library Journal Review

Schwarz-Bart's 1959 novel is a chronicle of Jewish persecution beginning in England in 1105 and ending with the Holocaust. This book was a huge hit when first released, eventually being translated into several languages. It is both a historical document and a compelling piece of fiction. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

I The Legend of the Just Menp. 3
II Zemyockp. 25
III Stillenstadtp. 83
IV The Just Man of the Fliesp. 143
V Herr Kremer and Fraulein Ilsep. 205
VI The Dogp. 255
VII The Marriage of Ernie Levyp. 305
VIII Never Againp. 351