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Kingdom of Auschwitz

Kingdom of Auschwitz

by Otto Friedrich

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Otto Friedrich's slim book is an intensely personal account of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. He covers the entire history of Auschwitz in short chapters punctuated with eyewitness accounts and testimonies. (PLD04, $11.00)

Resistance, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Resistance, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

by Israel Gutman

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

An account of the Warsaw ghetto under Nazi control, gleaned from the author's first-hand experience. He also places the ghetto experience in the context of Jewish history in general. (PLD17, $19.95)

National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel, A Guide to Eastern Europe

National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel, A Guide to Eastern Europe

by Ruth Ellen Gruber

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A guide to the Jewish culture and history of Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine and Lithuania. (EUR241, $18.95)

Central Europe Map

Central Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2010
  • MAP

This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik. (EUR12, $14.95)

 
Prague Map

Prague Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000. (CZH13, $8.95)

A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe

A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe


by Ben G. Frank

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES

A guide to Jewish sights, monuments and customs in 18 European countries, as well as practical travel information and advice for travelers in search of their ancestral roots. (EUR111, $25.00)

Lonely Planet Central Europe

Lonely Planet Central Europe


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 622 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

With dozens of maps, color photographs and sections on history and culture, this practical guide introduces Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and their neighbors. (EUR94, $29.99)

The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe

The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe


by Eli Valley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 538 PAGES

A guide to Jewish sites and attractions in Prague, Warsaw, Cracow and Budapest. With suggested walks, site descriptions and information on each city's Jewish traditions. (EUR95, $85.00)

The World of Jewish Cooking, More Than 500 Traditional Recipes from Alsace to Yemen


by Gil Marks

  • FOOD
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A fine collection of recipes from Jewish communities in the far corners of the globe. (GEN208, $18.00)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. (AST16, $17.00)

Budapest 1900

Budapest 1900


by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations. (HGR01, $17.00)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

Cracow, An Illustrated History

Cracow, An Illustrated History


by Zdzislaw Zygulski

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 150 PAGES

A slender history of the Polish city, from its founding to the present day, with 50 black-and-white illustrations. The author is a curator at the National Museum of Cracow. (PLD33, $12.95)

Heart of Europe, The Past in Poland's Present

Heart of Europe, The Past in Poland's Present


by Norman Davies

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 483 PAGES

A history of Poland in reverse chronology from the Solidarity Movement to early civilization, condensed from the author's definitive three-volume history. (PLD06, $25.99)

Hitler and the Holocaust

Hitler and the Holocaust


by Robert S. Wistrich

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

A short history of the cultural and political circumstances surrounding the genocide of the Jews. Wistrich looks closely at Anti-Semitism in Germany, Europe and abroad in an attempt to understand the evil unleashed during World War II. (EUR114, $15.00)

Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990

Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990


by Vaclav Havel | Paul Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

This inspired anthology of writings by the Czech poet-president Vaclav Havel collects 25 essays, letters and speeches written between 1965 and 1990, including those that directly influenced the Polish Solidarity movement. (CZH06, $15.95)

Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore


by Sophie Hodorowitz Knab | Mary Anne Knab

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • HARD COVER
  • 335 PAGES

Organized by months and holidays, this book surveys traditions and customs of the past and present. While many of the celebrations have been lost over the years, Knab rejuvenates interest in these unique, oft-forgotten ways. (PLD19, $24.95)

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City


by Peter Demetz

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city. (CZH09, $28.00)

Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II

Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II


by Joseph Rothschild

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

An opinionated, well-written and clear political history of the region, including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans. (EUR31, $49.95)

The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History

The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History


by Derek Sayer

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

A sensitively written and lively portrait of the highs and lows of Czech history over the past century with special attention to the fate of Prague in war and peace. (CZH10, $42.00)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $18.00)

The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism


by Tina Rosenberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

In this groundbreaking book, a journalist reports on how the newly democratized people of East Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have confronted the horrors of their former governments. (EUR54, $17.95)

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague


by Timothy Garton Ash

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 167 PAGES

With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change. (GER36, $15.00)

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe


by Dennis Hupchick | Harold Cox

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity. (EUR138, $21.95)

The Story of the Jews, Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD

The Story of the Jews, Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD


by Simon Schama

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 496 PAGES

A marvelously readable, far-reaching chronicle of three thousand years of Jewish history. (ISR125, $39.99)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube. (CEU31, $15.95)

Night

Night


by Elie Wiesel | Marion Wiesel

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 109 PAGES

An moving account of a Jewish boy's terrifying experience during the Holocaust. (EUR79, $9.95)

The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes


by Edmund De Waal

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of his remarkable family, a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in early 20th-century Paris and Vienna. (FRN941, $16.00)

The Memory Book, One Woman's Self-Discovery in the Mist of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

The Memory Book, One Woman's Self-Discovery in the Mist of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy


by Linda Fischer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

When Linda Fischer discovers a memory book in an antique shop in Budapest, she is inspired to explore the world of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the life of the album's author, a young Hungarian woman who lived at the turn of the 20th century. (HGR81, $17.99)

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen


by Tadeusz Borowski | Barbara Vedder | Jan Kott

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

A series of uninflected, austere stories, published in Polish after WWII -- and drawn from the author's experiences in Auschwitz and Dachau from 1943 to 1945. (GER95, $16.00)

Badenheim 1939

Badenheim 1939


by Aharon Appelfeld | Dalya Bilu

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

This haunting tale depicts life of well-to-do and unsuspecting Jewish vacationers at a fictional spa in Austria on the eve of the holocaust. (AST35, $14.95)

Contemporary Jewish Writing In Hungary: An Anthology

Contemporary Jewish Writing In Hungary: An Anthology


by Eva Forgacs | Susan Robin Suleiman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 520 PAGES

This anthology of Hungarian authors both famous (Pulitzer Prize winner Imre Kertesz) and never-published-in-English contains a mixture of novel and memoir exerpts, short stories and poetry. The authors span the generations from pre-World War Two to post-Communist. (HGR39, $29.95)

Life with a Star

Life with a Star


by Jiri Weil | Philip Roth

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A fictional account of the Holocaust told through the story of a young Czech Jew. (CZH43, $21.95)

Maus, A Survivor's Tale I & II

Maus, A Survivor's Tale I & II


by Art Spiegelman

  • LITERATURE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

The Pulitzer Prize-winning narrative of Spiegelman's father and family in Poland as World War II erupts. He renders the story of his father's early life, the Nazi occupation of Poland, survival in a concentration camp and other events as a stark graphic novel. (PLD22, $31.90)

Poland

Poland


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 616 PAGES

In his epic style, Michener presents the sweep of Polish history from the earliest days to 1983 in this massively researched novel. (PLD02, $7.99)

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Paul Wilson

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life. (CZH08, $14.95)

Schindler's List

Schindler's List


by Thomas Keneally

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A landmark in literature about the Holocaust, this is the compelling story of the transformation of a Nazi tycoon and his rescue of 1,300 Jews from the concentration camps near Plaszow. (GER51, $16.00)

Shosha

Shosha


by Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER

A powerful novel of love set in the Jewish quarter of Warsaw as World War II erupts around the protagonists. (PLD18, $16.00)

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting


by Milan Kundera

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Kundera strings together loosely related short stories to form an original and entertaining look at Czech culture. (CZH17, $14.99)

The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird


by Jerzy Kosinski

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This acclaimed novel is based on the author's own experiences in World War II Poland. The often disturbing account of a young Jewish boy's journey through rural Poland as he tries to evade everyone from SS officers to anti-Semitic Polish peasants will leave an indelible impression. (PLD07, $14.00)

The Spies of Warsaw

The Spies of Warsaw


by Alan Furst

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Alan Furst sets his richly atmospheric tale of espionage and love squarely amidst the leafy boulevards, grand squares, stately mansions and elegant cafes of the glittering 1937 capital. With a map on the inside covers, this isn't just a gripping WW II-era thriller, it's a guide to Warsaw of today. (PLD80, $16.00)

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain. (AST30, $15.00)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


by Milan Kundera

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Kundera's intriguing novel, praised for its meditations on the nature of men and women, and on the fearful emptiness of life in Prague under Communist rule. We also carry Kundera's collection of short stories The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. (CZH16, $15.99)

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Donald Daviau

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city. (AST94, $14.95)

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