A Man in the Footsteps of His Fate

Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 39:2

Yechiam Weitz

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A Man in the Footsteps of His Fate: Tuvia Friling, Who Are You, Léon Berger? The Story of a Kapo in Auschwitz — History, Memory, and Politics

Tuvia Friling’s book Who are you, Leon Berger? summarizes the biography of Eliezer Gruenbaum, son of Yitzhak Gruenbaum, the prominent leader of the Zionist movement in Poland between the two World Wars and the first Interior Minister of Israel. It covers three main topics: his life as a Kapo in concentration camps in Poland and Germany during the Holocaust; his trial in Paris as a collaborator after World War II; and his death as an Israeli army soldier near Jerusalem in May 1948, during the War of Independence. The reviewer concludes with his own question: “Does Tuvia Friling…answer the question… he asks in the title?” and draws his conclusions about the book’s unique place in Israeli biography and historiography.

Products specifications
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 2011
ISBN 78-965-308-40
Catalog No. 039211
No. of Pages 14 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 39:2, pp. 273-286, Edited by David Silberklang
Publisher Yad Vashem