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The Journey Back from Hell: Memoirs of Concentration Camp Survivors [Hardcover]

Anton Gill
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10 Nov 1988
This book is a record of oral history as the author recorded the personal testimony of over 100 survivors of the Nazi concentration camps in the course of his enquiry into how they have come to terms with their ordeals since World War II. Anton Gill has talked to political opponents and resistance fighters as well as Jewish victims. Some have remained in Austria, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary; others have emigrated to Israel, the USA and England. Many have never before talked about their experiences to anyone, not even their own families. All have singular tales to tell of the physical and mental aftermath, but, above all, there is hope - in the words of Ben Helfgott, a Polish-Jewish survivor and chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Committee in the UK: "Better people than me died and so I must try to make my life something good, for the only way to triumph over evil is to make sure that some good comes out of it". Anton Gill is also the author of "Martin Allen is Missing", "Mad about the Boy" and "How to be Oxbridge".
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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton (10 Nov 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246128976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246128973
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Antony Cutler is the pseudonym of acclaimed novelist and Renaissance historian ANTON GILL. Under his own name he has published a series of thrillers set in Ancient Egypt, and a history-mystery, The Sacred Scroll. An English Literature graduate of Clare College, Cambridge, he has been a freelance writer since 1984, and has been translated and published worldwide. He has written a wide variety of historical non-fiction, and previously worked in theatre, radio and television. Anton is married to the actress Marji Campi, and divides his time between London and Paris.


ANTON GILL: selected books published since 1984.
(This list covers main books only. It does not include minor stuff, short stories, plays and features.)

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MARTIN ALLEN IS MISSING (study of missing children in London) - Corgi Books, London, 1984 - ISBN 13-digit: 9780552124669

HOW TO BE OXBRIDGE (satirical history of Oxford and Cambridge universities since World War Two) - Grafton Books, London, 1985; Kenkyusha, Tokyo, 1988 - ISBN13: 9780246124326

CROQUET, THE COMPLETE GUIDE (social history of the game of croquet on both sides of the Atlantic) - Heinemann, London, 1986 - ISBN13: 9780434981007

MAD ABOUT THE BOY (biography of pop-singer Boy George) - Century, London, 1987 - ISBN13: 9780712609838

THE JOURNEY BACK FROM HELL (study of post-war lives of survivors of the German concentration camps of World War Two - winner of the H. H. Wingate Prize for non-fiction, 1988) - Grafton, London, 1988 and 1989; Morrow, NYC, 1989; Avon, NYC, 1990; HarperCollins UK, London, 1994; reprinted 1996 and 1998 - ISBN13: 9780586206508

BERLIN TO BUCHAREST (travels in Eastern Europe just before the counter-revolutions there - ie in 1988 and 1989) - Grafton, London, 1990; David and Charles, NYC, 1992; Hollandia, Amsterdam, 1993 - ISBN13: 9780246134851

CITY OF THE HORIZON
CITY OF DREAMS (German VOGUE top five novels, 1997)
CITY OF THE DEAD (top ten bestsellers, fiction, France, 1997)
(three thrillers set in ancient Egypt about the time of the reign of Tutankhamun)
- Bloomsbury, London, 1991-1993; 1994; Eichborn, Frankfurt, 1992-1995; Droemer Knaur, Munich, 1994-1996; de Boekerij, Amsterdam, 1994-1996; 1998; Editions 10/18 - Les grands detectives - Paris, 1994-1996; Plaza y Janes Editores, Barcelona, 1995-1997 and Planeta DeAgostini, Madrid, 1997-2002; Mondadori, Milan, 1995-1997; Alpress, Frydek-Mistek (Czech Republic), 1996-1998; Alien, Athens, 1997-2000 (and continuing as of 2003); repr. USA (Felony & Mayhem) 2006-2008) - ISBN13s: 9780747511934/9780747511764/9780747555555509004

A DANCE BETWEEN FLAMES (a general history of Berlin between the two world wars) - John Murray, London, 1993; Carroll and Graf, NYC, 1994; Abacus, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780719549861

AN HONOURABLE DEFEAT (a history of the German Resistance to Hitler and Nazism, 1933-1945) - Heinemann Mandarin, London, 1994; Henry Holt, NYC, 1994; UK & US pbk 1995 - 9780434292761

RULING PASSIONS (sexuality and the British Empire) - BBC Books, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780563370918

THE HANGING GALE (novel based on drama serial about the C19 Irish famine) - BBC Books, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780563371939


CITY OF LIES
CITY OF DESIRE
CITY OF THE SEA
(three further Egyptian thrillers, published between 1997 and 2003 by the mainland European publishers listed above.) ISBNs: N/A

THE DEVIL'S MARINER (a biography of the seventeenth-century explorer and pirate William Dampier) - Michael Joseph, London, 1997 - ISBN13: 9780718141141

THE LAST TALONS OF THE EAGLE (with Gary Hyland; about avant-garde German military aeroplane development in the Second World War) - Headline, London, 1998 - 9780747221561

EXTINCT (with Alex West; natural history book to tie in with Channel 4 TV series of same name) - Channel 4 Books, 2002 - ISBN13: 9780752261621

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM - THE LIFE OF AN ART ADDICT - HarperCollins UK 2001/USA 2002 (as ART LOVER)/ Random House - Mondadori, Barcelona, Spain 2002/Globus Brazil 2004/Poland/S. Korea/Italy/Greece - 2004 +. Paperback editions 2004 + /Hungary 2006; repr. UK 2007 - ISBN13: 9780002570785

THE GREAT ESCAPE (account of the escape of RAF POWs from Stalag-Luft III in 1944) - Headline, 2002; Poland, 2004; paperback 2004

IL GIGANTE (Florence, Michelangelo and the David, 1492 - 1504) - Headline, 2002; St Martin's Press, USA, 2004; also Japan, Korea, Italy, 2004 - 2005 - ISBN13: 9780747235759

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS (history of the land & people, accompanies C4 series) HarperCollins, 2003; paperback UK 2004 - ISBN13: 9780007143993

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? - TRACING YOUR FAMILY BACK TO THE TUDORS (accompanies BBC series) HarperCollins, 2006 - ISBN13: 9780007230082

EMPIRE'S CHILDREN (history of the fall of the British Empire, accompanies Channel 4 series) HarperCollins, 2007 - ISBN13: 9780007247141

GATEWAY OF THE GODS (a history of Ancient Mesopotamia) Quercus - UK publ. Nov 2008 - ISBN13: 9781847246691

ASSASSIN'S CREED: RENAISSANCE (writing as Oliver Bowden; ndp) (novel) Penguin Books, UK and worldwide from Nov 2009 (25 in top 50 London, Christmas, 2009) - ISBN13: 9780114106309


THE SLEEP OF REASON (novel - unpublished/2010 -) - ISBN: N/A

VAMPIRES OF ROME (novel - work in progress/2010 -) - ISBN: N/A

TITANIC: THE REAL STORY OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS SHIP (non-fiction - accompanies C4 series, Titanic - The Mission) Channel 4 Books/Transworld, October 2010 - ISBN: not yet available

ASSASSIN'S CREED - BROTHERHOOD (by 'Oliver Bowden' as above) Penguin Books, UK & worldwide from Nov 2010 - ISBN: not yet available

THE SACRED SCROLL (novel) Penguin Books, UK 2011 - ISBN: not yet available





London/Paris, 2010



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Forty years on, how do the survivors of the most horrific episode in world history regard their wartime experiences, and how have they come to terms with their memories? How did their experience of the Nazi concentration camps change them emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, politically? And what are their feelings about their former tormentors today?

In talking to some 120 survivors in 14 different countries – including political prisoners and resistance fighters – Anton Gill has produced a masterpiece of oral history that is both an account of the survivors lives after liberation and a testament to their courage.

Each experience of 'The Journey Back from Hell' is unique, and readers are free to draw their own conclusions from what the survivors tell them. But the combined effect of the stories is so poignant and important to the core experience of the twentieth century that nobody can afford to turn away – or to forget.

"Brilliant, compelling… an inspiration"
MAIL ON SUNDAY

"A thoughtful, caring book, full of sociological and psychological insight"
SUNDAY TIMES

"The first-person narratives alone make this book worth reading"
THE TIMES

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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary and very moving piece of work 23 July 2013
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An extraordinary and very moving piece of work which should be 'must' reading for the world. The depth of compassion and the breadth of the detail, the humanity in the face of the most crude and base aspects unimaginable of man's capacity for abject cruelty - it must have been a very hard book to write, but one so very important to write and to record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book purchase 14 Mar 2012
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reading book at mo its intresting and sad at the same time.
i would recomend you read it.
we must never forget what those brave people done for us
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5.0 out of 5 stars awe-inspiring 3 Feb 2004
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Consisting of dozens of heroic testimonies from both racial and political detainees, this beautifully translated and transcribed book is not dispiriting and demands to be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goes beyond the camps 6 July 2004
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The thing that sets this book apart from the others is the fact that it goes beyond the horrors of the concentration camps and follows the survivors as they figure out how to live normal lives after the holocaust. The end of the war was the beginning of new challenges, loves, heartbreaks, and, sometimes, horrors. The human will is amazing and glimpses into recoveries such as these are precious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 7 Jun 2001
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I found this novel deeply moving. I believe that it is a poignant, stunning, book that should NOT go un-noticed. I can move you to tears!
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