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Books Relevant to Lida District Researchers

General Interest

  • Belarus: Then and Now (Then & Now (Lerner)), ISBN 0-8225-2811-8 (libr. bdg.) Minn: Lerner Publications, 1993. This children's book, with great photos, is a quick overview of Belarus today. It is probably in most libraries in the children's section.
  • Historical Dictionary of Belarus . Lanham, MD & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc, 1998, ISBN # 0-8108-3449-9
  • Lida: Einst und Jetzt. Karl Vogel 1917 This is a photo book about Lida, published during the German occupation in WWI. According to WorldCat, it is held by a small number of libraries in Germany, the National Library of Israel, and the National Library of Poland.
  • Lida, Alexander Jurewicz. Versus 1990 This book is held in a number of larger US university libraries (WorldCat)
  • IIn the Midst of Civilized Europe: the pogroms of 1918-1921 and the onset of the Holocaust. Jeffrey Veidlinger. 2022/
  • Lida and Jews. Margarita Akulic (ЛИДА И ЕВРЕИ)- snippet view

Jewish Interest

  • Abramowicz, Hirsh. Abramowicz, Dina, and Shandler, Jeffrey [eds.]. Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish . NY: Lucius N. Littauer Foundation for YIVO. ISBN 0-81430278402. Excellent reference of pre WWII life
  • Aviel, Avraham, translated by Atalya Broide. A Village Named Dogalishok: The Massacre At Radun And Eishishok (Library of Holocaust Testimonies) 2006.
  • Brysk, Miriam M. & Michael Berenbaum Dr.,  Amid the Shadows of Trees. Gihon River Press, 2013.
  • Brysk, Miriam M. & Joanne D. Gilbert, A Victory for Miriam! Adira Press, 2019.
  • Brysk, Miriam M. & Margaret G. Lincoln, The Stones Weep. Gihon River Press, 2013.
  • Byer, Yocheved (Etta), Transplanted People  Chicago: Dr. M. J. Aron and other members of the Lider Organization of Chicago 1955. PDF & other digital versions can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. This is a book about the immigrant experience. There were used copies being sold online as of June 2022, and a paperback version was publised by Forgotten Books in 2018.
  • Cholawski, Shalom. The Jews of Bielorussia during World War II. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Pub. 1998. This is a translation of an earlier work. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Pub. 1998. translation of earlier work.
  • Damasek, Eliyahu. Otiyot be-ʻoferet : be-Milḥemet ha-ʻolam ha-sheniyah, li-fene ha-milḥamah ṿe-aḥarehah  (In Leaden Letters)  [Tel Aviv] [Loḥame ha-Geṭaʾot] : Bet loḥame ha-geṭaʾot ; 743 [1982 or 1983], c1983. In Hebrew
  • Davies, Norman, and Polonsky, Antony. Jews in Eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-1946. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991.
  • Dubnow, Simon.History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, Volume I (of 3) From the Earliest Times Until the Present Day . Phil.: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1916-1920, vols. I-III. Refer to passages indexed under inns (and taverns), propination, and arendar. Project Gutenberg also has it.
  • Duffy, Peter. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved. NY: Harper Collins 2003.
  •  Eliach, Yaffa.There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok . NY: Little Brown & Company, 1998. ISBN 0-316-23252-1
  • Gabel, Dina.Behind the Ice Curtain . Lakewood NJ: C.I.S. Publishers, 1992. author from Lida with family in Grodno, but relocated to Siberia during the Holocaust.
  • Greenman, Miriam and Maryann McLoughlin. Lives Interrupted: The Memoirs of George and Miriam Greenman  Published by the Sara and Sam Scholffer Holocaust Resource Center, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey & printed by ComteQ, a publish-on-demand source.
  • Kagan, Jack and Cohen, Dov. Surviving the Holocaust with the Russian Jewish Partisans . London: Valentine Mitchell, 1998. ISBN: 085303335-8
  • Kahn, Leon. No Time to Mourn.  Vancouver, BC, Canada: Ronsdale Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1-55380-011-8 (1-55380-011-7) The memoirs of a partisan from Eisiskes
  • Kuszelewicz, Joseph. Un Juif de Bielorussie de Lida a Karaganda: Ghetto- Maquie-Goulag, Paris, 2002, L'Harmattan. The book has not been translated into English, but Berna Heymann has compiled a list of the Jewish surnames in the book. The author was 17 when WWII began. He describes his life in Lida, surviving the Jewish ghetto, a forced labor camp, and life with the Bielsky partisans. After the war, he was sentenced to several years in a Soviet Gulag.
  • Levin, Dov, translated by N. GreenwoodThe Lesser of Two Evils: Eastern European Jewry Under Soviet Rule 1939-1941 . Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1994. Describes Jews of Eastern Europe deciding on the lesser of two evils after the Soviet-Nazi Pact of 1939.
  • Levine, Allan. Fugitives of the Forest. 1998.
  • Lower, Wendy. Hitler's Furies. 2013
  • Manski, Samuil. With God's Help. Madison WI, privately published, 1990. memoirs of a Lida survivor. Book available free online.
  • Opalski, Magdalena.The Jewish tavern-keeper and his tavern in nineteenth-century Polish literature (Studies of the Center for Research. published by The Zalman Shazar Center for the Furtherance of the Study of Jewish History, Jerusalem, 1986.
  • Pinchuk, Ben-Cion. Shtetl Jews Under Soviet Rule: Eastern Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust (Jewish Society and Culture) . Oxford, UK: B. Blackwell, 1991.
  • Pogonowski. Iwo Cyprian. Jews in Poland: A Documentary History . NY: Hipprocrene Books, 1998. 171 Madison Avenue, NY 10016
  • Radin, Ruth Yaffe.Escape to the Forest: Based on a True Story of the Holocaust . illustrated by Janet Hamlin. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, c2000. young people, based on the true story of a survivor from Lida
  • Rubinovits-Shif, Sara. Naæarah ba-milhamah; Girl in wartime. Tel-Aviv: MuzeÆon ha-lohamim veha-partizanim, 751 [1990]
  • Salomon, Yosef. The Yeshiva of Lida: A Unique Institution of Higher Learning. YIVO Annual, 15, (1974), pp. 106-25.
  • Solomian-Loc, Fanny. Woman Facing the Gallows. Amherst, MA: Wordpro 1981. experiences of partisan in Pripet marshes, not strictly Lida, but nearby.
  • Spector, Shmuel. Lost Jewish worlds: The communities of Grodno, Lida, Olkieniki, Vishay . Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1996.
  • Sutin, Jack and Rochelle, edited by Laurence Sutin. Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance . St. Paul MN: Graywolf Press, 1995. Sutins not from the Lida, but spent war in Simcha Zorin's partisan group in the Nalibocki Forest near Lida.
  • Tec, NechamaDefiance: The Bielski Partisans Oxford UK: Oxford U. Press, 1993.
  • Tec, Nehama, Women among the Forest Partisans, in OFER, Dalia, ed, and Lenore J. WEITZMAN, ed.,Women in the Holocaust , (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998), Part III Resistance and Rescue, chap. 12, pp. 223-233.
  • Veidlinger, Jeffrey, Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire, 2009.
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