A town torn apart

Omer Bartov’s latest book highlights the atrocities carried out against Buczacz’s Jews – by Ukrainians, Poles and Nazis.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
February 8, 2018 20:28
4 minute read.
WHAT REMAINS of the Jewish cemetery in Buczacz today

WHAT REMAINS of the Jewish cemetery in Buczacz today. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

In 1936, Mendel Reich, president of a Talmud Torah in Buczacz, a small border town in Eastern Galicia, declared that the Jews were “condemned to wait on death row for an execution without better days to come.”

Everyone and everything around us, “even the air we breathe,” Reich added, “is conspiring to find a way to destroy us.”

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