Jack Glotzer was born into a family of assimilated Jews in Rohatyn in early 1925. He was the eldest of three children, part of a large family that included his parents, uncles, aunts, and five cousins who lived together. Between the ages of 16 and 19, Jack witnessed the murder of almost the entire Jewish community of his hometown by the Nazi occupiers and their accomplices.

The memoir covers Jack’s life in Europe from 1925 to 1949. At the insistence of his wife and relatives, more than 50 years after the events, Jack gathered and wrote down his memories. Along with numerous photographs, a hand-drawn family tree, and his personal memory map
of the area, Jack’s memoir is one of the few remarkably detailed accounts of the life,
death, and revival of Rohatyn Jews around the time of World War II. This memoir is published as a bilingual edition for the first time and will be interesting for a wide readership.

  • First Edition Compiled and Edited in 2000 by Alexander Walzer and Beatrice Glotzer
  • Second Edition Prepared and Edited in 2018 by Mitchell Glotzer, Marla Raucher Osborn and Jay Osborn
  • Bilingual Print Edition Prepared and Edited in 2022 by Marla Raucher Osborn, Jay Osborn, Vitalii Bobrov and Anatolii Podolskyi
  • The Ukrainian translation was made possible by a generous donation to Rohatyn Jewish Heritage from Susan Wolf Turnbull, Bruce H. Turnbull, and Laurence S. Kirsch on behalf of the Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society to help preserve the memory of Jewish communities in the region.
  • The publication was made with the support of the «Connecting Memory» project.
  • This publication does not reflect the official position of the project sponsors.



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