to young people on the impact of the two forms of totalitarianism that she endured--and so astonishingly survived. Stephen J. Whitfield Brandeis University Trapped: Essays on the History of the Czech Jews, 19391943, by Ruth Bondy. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2008. 246 pp. $36.00. Ruth Bondy's Trapped is a set of beautifully crafted humanistic essays that considerably deepens our understanding of the Czech-Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in the years 1939 through 1943, a subject about which surprisingly little has been written. While Bondy devotes the majority of her attention to strategies of coping with the everyday ordeals of the Terezín ghetto, Theresienstadt in German, she integrates the history of the ghetto into a broader narrative that begins with the gradual removal of Czech Jewry from the surrounding society ("The History of the Closing Gates"), includes special consideration of the inexplicable existence and bearable circumstances of the children's barracks in the Birkenau family camp ("Games in the Shadows of the Crematoria"), and concludes with a commemorative essay that places the Czech Jews who perished in the Holocaust within the context of the thousand-year history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia ("Roll Call"). A
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