- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers (16 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9492371162
- ISBN-13: 978-9492371164
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dead Years: Holocaust Memoirs Paperback – 16 Feb 2017
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About the Author
Joseph Schupack was a Holocaust survivor (1924 - 1989) from a small town in Poland. His entire immediate family perished in the war. In 1981 he decided to write his memoirs. His unusually detailed recollection of names and dates makes compelling reading. He passed away at the age of 67, leaving a wife and two sons.
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This book brings home, in awful unrelenting detail what it was like for those who were not killed, but lived for some time in the concentration camps. As a young man, the author was in several camps, including Auschwitz, but eventually got out and lived to be a father and grandfather. It makes for very difficult reading, often because of the small details – the clothes covered in lice, the endless hunger and efforts to overcome it and even the very real difficulties of walking (and working) in wooden clogs in muddy countryside.
Death, of course, is absolutely everywhere – sometimes visibly by the witnessing of hanging, lashings or stoning or, very powerfully, within highly overcrowded trains, but more often by the knowledge that people just disappeared.
This is the kind of book that ought to be read by people everywhere, simply to understand what the phrase ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ really means.
As fewer people each year can speak about the Holocaust from first-hand experience, the need to read and understand about the rise of extremism and the ultimate consequences of discrimination and hatred is as great as ever. This is a moving contribution to that need.
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