Selma Leydesdorff

Selma Leydesdorff (b. 1949) is an historian and emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam. She is internationally recognised as a prominent researcher in the field of oral history. Previous titles include We Lived With Dignity: Amsterdam’s Jewish proletariat from 1900 –1940 and Water and Memory — on the victims of the 1953 flood in the Netherlands. The year 2008 saw the publication of Surviving The Bosnian Genocide: A history of the women of Srebrenica — an oral history based on more than fifty interviews.

Sasha Pechersky

Sasha Pechersky

Holocaust hero, Sobibor resistance leader, and hostage of history

(Prometheus, 2018, 352 pages)

On 14th October 1943, Aleksandr ‘Sasha’ Pechersky led a mass escape from Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in Poland. Despite his role in one of the few prisoner revolts at a World War II death camp, Pechersky never received the public recognition he deserved in his home country of Russia. In her book, Selma Leydesdorff describes the official silence in the Eastern Bloc about Pechersky’s role in the Sobibor revolt.

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