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Trap with a Green Fence: Survival in Treblinka (Jewish lives) Paperback – 31 Dec 1995

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (31 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810111691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810111691
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is the author's memoir of his deportation from Prague to Treblinka, his ten-month conscription as a 'work Jew' at the camp, his escape during the uprising of 1943, and his survival of the war as a foreign worker in Nazi Germany. This powerful document appears for the first time in English in Roslyn Theobald's fluid translation.

About the Author

Roslyn Has Translated Works by Botho Strauss and Lisa Fittko, Among Others

Wolfgang Benz is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universitat Berlin. Among his previous books is "The Holocaust "(1997).

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Excellent factual book, but I though it glossed over some parts which I thought needed more pathos in description. However there was no maudling content in the book, just facts, which gave a very honest and dramatic description of the almost unbelievable events which took place in Treblinka.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90e07774) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e1b1d4) out of 5 stars Star Witness in Claude Lanzmann's epic film, Shoah 18 July 2002
By Leucippe - Published on Amazon.com
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None of the previous reviewers seem to know that Richard Glazar, a young Czech, is one of the most effective eyewitnesses in Claude Lanzmann's epic masterpiece, 'Shoah.' He appears at numerous points during the parts of the film that deal with Treblinka. What comes across is his vitality, integrity, and self-awareness. He was one of the few to survive the Treblinka revolt in August 1943 in which several hundred prisoners finally managed to break out, although most did not finally survive. Glazar appears too in interviews with Gitta Sereny, 'Into that Darkness,' in her study of Franz Stangl, the commandant of Treblinka. Glazar's work is utterly authentic and a MUST READ.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e1b228) out of 5 stars Direct and Powerful 29 Jun. 2008
By Tracy Cramer Austin, Texas - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Glazar was one of the few people to have survived the Treblinka death camp. He was around 23 years old at the time. In his account of the 10 months or so that he was there, he does not dwell on things he did not have direct experience of, but describes what life was like for him and the people around him. He does not attempt to explain or analyze or give the big picture. This, for me, is what makes his story so powerful. Moreover, he does not overwhelm the reader with gruesome details, but at the same time manages to give the reader a strong understanding of the total inhumanity of the camp and its operations, and the casual and systematic brutality of the guards. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in a first hand account of this terrible time in world history. (For a very readable history of the Third Reich, I recommend Richard Evans' trilogy on the subject, beginning with "The Coming of the Third Reich".)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91355654) out of 5 stars Trap with a Green Fence: Survival in Treblinka 17 Dec. 2008
By Nancy J. Severtson - Published on Amazon.com
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Glazar's account of survival in Treblinka is one of the three best accounts of death camp survival I have read. The others were written by Filip Muller and Rudolph Vrba about Auschwitz. Glazar's account is detailed and insightful...a can't put it down book.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9164ebb8) out of 5 stars Holocaust Deniers Beware! 11 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Galzar, a Jew from Prague, survived for 10 months as a clothes-sorter in Trebinka, until his escape in the breakout of August 1943. While not a professional writer, his clear, strongly written account is an excellent source for true students of Holocaust history. The above reviewer either has not read the book or clearly seeks to defame this author, as is typical with Holocaust Deniers.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x911ec4e0) out of 5 stars an interesting look at life in treblinka extermination camp 16 Feb. 2007
By Benjamin L. Greathouse - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just as excellent and disturbing as Willenburg's "Surviving Treblinka", but it has a different feel about it. Its almost as if he is telling the story as a detached observer, which, in some cases, caused the survival of many Nazi victims. It is very detailed but, amongst the suffering among the few prisoners chosed to sort the clothing of the dead, there is a hope you get out of it. There were of course prisoners who has to work in Camp 2, where the gas chambers were located and those prisoners has to unload the chambers and put them in mass graves, later replaced by huge pyres, also called the roasts. But Glazar worked in Camp One, first sorting clothes, and then getting a better position working in one of the sheds where packaged belongings were stored until the objects could fill up a train to head back to Lublin headquarters. One of the most interesting chapters is called "The Hangmen and the Gravediggers", where Glazar, while working in this shed, encountered and actually had relatively normal conversation and mingling with SS men who worked the camp. This chapter describes many SS men, calling some terrible, while others were not as bad as others. Corruption was the name of the game; that is, SS men would come to this shed to get fine clothing and other objects and would often keep them of send them home to their families. This practice was extremely against SS regulations, but it happened anyway. The rest of the book is very interesting as well, such as when Glazar was assigned to the forest brigage, who would collect pine branches and such to camoflauge the fences of the camp. The evolution of the revolt is great, despite terrible things that happended in the course of organizing the revolt, such as military leader of the revolt, Zhelo Bloch, a Jewish captain of the Czech Army, being sent to Camp 2, with its gas chambers and dead bodies everywhere, as punishment for numerical errors that occured one day when trains were being loaded up with the stolen goods of the Jews, trains that would go to Lublin and spread from there. And there was also the death of Dr. Chorozycki. He was found in possession of money that to be used in the purchase of arms to be used in the revolt. Kurt Franz made the discovery and the doctor attacked Franz with a surgical knife and blows from his fist, a great act of courage. The doctor managed to slip some cyanide tablets and he died before the SS could torture him, to try to get information from him. Terrible indeed, but the revolt still took place...ive said enough, just read this book! You will not be disappointed, particularly if you are already interested in the subject of the Holocaust. I would suggest anyone read it though. The book is depressing, but, to me atleast, the way it is told seems almost detached, and theres even monents of dark humor thrown in here and there, atleast thats how i percieve it. A moving book to say the least. Get it!
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