Between Two Streams

Essential to a better understanding of Herzberg’s essays are his diary entries from Bergen-Belsen, first published in 1950 and later in English as 'Between Two Streams'.

Abel J. Herzberg
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After internment in The Netherlands by the German occupier, he and his wife Thea were transported to Bergen-Belsen. Unlike most Holocaust witnesses, in his diary, Herzberg not only described what happened there but made a start on understanding how such a hell could exist.

During the final months of the War, Bergen-Belsen became so overwhelmed with ever more thousands of Jews moved there with the retreating German army, dying in ever greater numbers than the authorities could manage, that in desperation they filled a train with Jews for transport eastwards. Thea and Abel Herzberg were on the train. It was stopped by the Red Army at Tröbitz near Leipzig.

Herzberg’s diary ends shortly before his arrival there. His modern, unadorned style and clarity of thought have moved generations of readers ever since.

An unusually probing, sensitive, and eloquent diary of incarceration at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. […] Harsh and gentle, intimate and public, these sparkling observations of human nature and values resonate with that spirit which cannot be beaten or starved out of us.

Kirkus Reviews
Abel J. Herzberg
Abel J. Herzberg was born in Amsterdam in 1893, the son of Russian emigrants. He worked as a lawyer until his death in 1989. He wrote plays and novels, many about Biblical characters (Saul, Herod, Jacob and Joseph), but is best known for his highly personal essays and memoirs 'Amor fati' (1946) and 'Between Two Streams' (1950).
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