One Word, 6 Million Times: “And Every Single One Was Someone.” January 27, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, books – Tags: ,

And Every Single Word Was SomeoneToday is the the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and UN General Assembly has designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

It started innocently enough. As a math and Jewish studies teacher in a Jewish day school, Phil Chernofsky was looking for a different and meaningful way for his students to relate to the Holocaust.

From that challenge comes  “And Every Single One Was Someone”

The  cover depicts a Jewish prayer shawl and has no words.

The entire book consists of just one word: Jew. It is repeated 6 million times.

Each page has 40 columns of 120 lines — 4,800 “Jews.” The font is, of course,  Minion.

The book weighs 7.3 pounds.

The publisher’s goal is to eventually to print six million copies.

And Every Single Word Was Someone cover

The publisher has also released a limited edition that is bound in a Tallis.

And Every Single Word Was Someone cover 1

Story in the New York Times: Holocaust Told in One Word, 6 Million Times

Lead photo: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

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