Jews in the Gar­den: A Holo­caust Sur­vivor, the Fate of His Fam­i­ly, and the Secret His­to­ry of Poland in World War II

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September 1, 2021

Two cousins uncov­er details of Poland’s involve­ment in the Holo­caust and their fight to final­ly bring those hor­rif­ic truths to light.

Inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Judy Rakowsky and her elder­ly cousin Sam, a Holo­caust sur­vivor, nev­er knew what hap­pened to their fam­i­ly dur­ing the Holo­caust. All they knew was that their rel­a­tives were hid­den away from the Nazis by neigh­bors, and then they were nev­er heard from again. Over the course of two decades, the two trav­eled back to Sam’s home­town in Poland in search of clues to what became of their lost fam­i­ly — but when they asked ques­tions, doors were shut in their faces. As they soon learned, Poland has done all it can to obscure its involve­ment with the Nazi party.

A globe-trot­ting detec­tive sto­ry, Jews in the Gar­den turns inves­tiga­tive eyes and ears towards the hor­rif­ic actions tak­en by reg­u­lar cit­i­zens dur­ing the Holo­caust. This unlike­ly sleuthing pair knocks on doors, peti­tions court doc­u­ments, gets run off prop­er­ties, seeks clan­des­tine meet­ings, and ulti­mate­ly dis­cov­ers what real­ly hap­pened to the Jews in the gar­den next door.

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