To Wear the Dust of War

From Bialystok to Shanghai to the Promised Land, An Oral History

  • Authors
  • Samuel Iwry
  • Editors
  • L. J. H. Kelley

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVI
  2. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 1-20
  3. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 21-42
  4. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 43-66
  5. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 67-88
  6. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 89-116
  7. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 117-137
  8. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 139-155
  9. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 157-173
  10. Samuel Iwry
    Pages 175-196
  11. J. Mark Iwry
    Pages 197-202
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 203-214

About this book


Like many European Jews, Sam Iwry began his life in Poland, but at the age of ten fled with his family to Russia before World War I. At age 29, Iwry was forced to flee again - this time from the Soviets - and ended up in Shanghai, China, joining 20,000 Jewish refugees who were there. The story of the Diaspora caused by the Holocaust is well-known, but the Far Eastern dimension has come to light only very recently. Iwry is a magnificent storyteller who not only brings the harrowing details of flight and survival into vivid detail, but he is also an historian who deliberately places his own experiences into much wider context. This oral history sheds light on Jewish life in Eastern Europe during the inter-war period, the search for a safe haven from Nazis and Soviets, daily life in the Shanghai ghetto, and emigration to America. Iwry's story is both representative of the Jewish experience and also completely unique.


Europe Ghetto history Holocaust Judaism migration Poland Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

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