The Holocaust in This Small Polish Town Had ‘No Bystanders,’ Says Omer Bartov

The Zócalo Book Prize Winner Explains How a Community Came to Commit an Intimate Genocide

How can human connectedness be ripped apart? This is the question at the center of Omer Bartov’s book, Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, which earned him the Zócalo Public Square Book Prize. The prize is given annually to the author of the nonfiction book that most enhances our understanding of community and the forces that strengthen or undermine human connectedness and social cohesion.

This question was also at the heart of Bartov’s Zócalo Book Prize Lecture, “How Does Community Conflict Turn Into …