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Trochenbrod's Story in Two Books and a Movie
Trochenbrod was a bustling commercial center of more than 5,000 people, all Jews, that was hidden deep in the forest in northwest Ukraine. The people of Trochenbrod were slaughtered in the Holocaust. Soon nothing remained of this vibrant 130 year-old town but a row of trees and bushes in a clearing in the forest
An imagined Trochenbrod was the setting for Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Everything is Illuminated.
The Heavens Are Empty tells Trochenbrod’s story with maps, photographs, personal memoirs, and first-hand accounts. The first-hand accounts are those of Jews born in Trochenbrod, and of Ukrainians and Polish people who knew the town as children. The book’s storytelling emphasizes the life and vibrancy in Trochenbrod for many generations, before it was lost in the Holocaust. You can buy the book at Amazon.com, other online booksellers, and bookstores. Find direct links and more about Trochenbrod’s story at HeavensAreEmpty.com.
In this book Trochenbrod’s story has been completely restructured, rewritten, and redesigned, including new photographs, to be accessible and appealing specifically to young readers ages 12–17. You can buy this book also at Amazon.com, other online booksellers, and bookstores. Find direct links and more information about this book, including information for young readers, at TheLostTownBook.com
In this documentary film, Trochenbrod’s story unfolds as the camera follows Avrom’s search to uncover the facts and spirit of his father’s home town, and bring together its descendants. The film features many fascinating Trochenbrod characters. You can view the trailer and buy the DVD or rent the download at 7thart.com. In addition to the NTSC version, there is a PAL version with Hebrew subtitles.