D.P. camp Haggadah reissued

Some of the Jews hand their children over to Christians. Some of the Christians hide the Jews out of conviction; others do so for money and later "bring them out to be killed."

The Allies exert the retribution exacted by God in the original Passover story.

Yosef Dov Sheinson, a Holocaust survivor from Kovno, Lithuania, created the Haggadah.

Sheinson, a Hebrew teacher before the war, survived the war in slave labor camps, including a subcamp of Dachau.

After a short stint in the Landsberg D.P. camp, Sheinson moved to a private house in Munich, where he worked on a Jewish newspaper. There he complied this Hagaddah, which was printed by a German publishing house in return for cigarettes and food rations.

Saul Touster, a retired law professor at Brandeis University, discovered the Haggadah in 1996, when he was cleaning out his late father's papers. The book was inscribed to his father, a longtime executive with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, who received it when he visited the camps in 1952.

Touster decided to publish the Haggadah — he had it translated from Hebrew and Yiddish and compiled his own commentary — in part to honor his father.

"It's not about do-goodism. You go away feeling the experience. And it tempers your spirit," Touster says, recommending that it be used as a supplement to a more traditional Haggadah.

With the help of 16 woodcuts created during the war by Hungarian survivor Miklos Adler, the Haggadah brings the burden of the Holocaust onto the relatively joyous Passover story.

What comes through most clearly is Sheinson's struggle to find an answer to the questions of the existence of God and of Jewish survival in the wake of the Holocaust.

In 1948, Sheinson moved to Montreal, where he worked in Hebrew education until he died in the mid-1990s.