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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849163995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849163996
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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'His 96-page memoir, translated from the original Yiddish, has a powerful immediacy' Martin Gilbert, The Times. (The Times)

'The small details, both poignant and horrific, leave a mark, which is as it should be' The Irish Examiner. (Irish Examiner)

'This is one of the most horrific books I have read, and I found it impossible to put down ... a major addition to the literature of the Holocaust' Mail on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)

'This is an important book that deserves a prominent place in Holocaust literature' Victor Sebestyen, Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)

'Rajchman describes the indescribable in this devastating account of surviving Treblinka ... An essential and unforgettable piece of Holocaust testimony' Robert Collins, Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)

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Chil Rajchman, a Polish Jew, was twenty-eight years old when he was arrested in October 1942 and sent to Treblinka, a death camp where more than 750,000 Jews were murdered before it was abandoned by German soldiers. His sister travelled with him and was immediately sent to the gas chambers, but Rajchman escaped execution, working for ten months under incessant threats and beatings as a barber, a clothes-sorter, a corpse-carrier, a puller of teeth from those same corpses. In August 1943 there was an uprising at the camp, and Rajchman was among the handful of men who managed to escape. Even before the war was over, while Rajchman was still in hiding, he set down in a notebook this unembellished and exact record of the raw horror he endured every day at the camp. This unique testimony has remained in the sole possession of his family since then, and has never before been published in English. For its description of unspeakable cruelty, Treblinka is a memoir that will not be superseded. In addition to Rajchman's account, this volume includes the complete text of Vasily Grossman's 'The Hell of Treblinka', a powerful and harrowing journalistic essay written only weeks after the camp was dissolved, and an introduction by Samuel Moyn, Professor of History at Columbia University.

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This book tells of the events that occurred in Treblinka, a camp built solely for murder and despicable acts of torture. It offers a unique perspective of what life was like to survive in a death camp, and it is a truly horrifying read.

This was very short and easily understandable. However, I had issues with the writing style. This book reads like a fact-based account (which is obviously important), but I feel that hearing how Rajchman felt during his time at Treblinka would have added a more well-rounded dimension to this book. I would also have appreciated more detail about what happened to the Germans following Rajchman's escape. Nonetheless, this was a devastating yet interesting read, and for want of a better word, I enjoyed reading it.
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I read this book straight after reading Spectator in hell which shocked me however this very personal account goes so much further and left me feeling both angry and very sad for all those poor souls who were murdered by a group of insane people without soul. There is no justification in the world for the events that took place during this period of human history and I would implore the younger generation to read this book and reflect upon what we as human beings can be capable off . Very powerful and reflective account that will stay with me for a long time. Thanks to the very brave individuals who have managed to tell their stories and who have been so strong in life . I really admire and empathise with you.
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Horrific account of life in Treblinka.Probably the most 'gruesome' I've ever read about the inhumane way the Germans treated fellow human beings,treating them like some people treat gnats. Making people suffer and die was a daily form of entertainment or sport to the callous soldiers guarding these poor people. It's beyond belief that this actually happened. My only criticism is the book is far too short. A must read all the same.
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Horrifying accounts of an extermination camp. So many tales of unimaginable brutality in the quite recent past. It some ways the more you read the more it passes over you, the bestiality of the German guards is hard to understand and it is tempting to rush through the accounts to avoid hearing more. However we need to remember.
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I found the book very graphic and harrowing which is not surprising considering what terrible things was done to the inmates of this camp.
Obviously the story needs to be told and we need to remember and learn from it what atrocities some people are capable of inflicting
upon others less strong than themselves
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Truly is the will to survive the strongest in those who suffer the most. There are those of us of a certain age who can never imagine the horror that the Third Reich served up and I hope we never will experience anything like it again. Chil Rajchman's story is a testament to his spirit and a memory to those who didn't survive.
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THIS IS TRULY HORRIFYING STORY OF A MAN WHO MANAGED TO SURVIVE THE HORRORS A VERY CRUEL DEATH CAMP THE NAZIS HAD SPECIAL CREATED TO GET RID OF AS MANY JEWS AS POSSIBLE ALSO OTHER RACES TOWARDS THE END OF THE. WAR. A TRULY HORRIFYING STORY
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There's no redemption for Treblinka, it was a death camp, created for one purpose; the destruction and disposal of as many victims as possible. In Treblinka death and disposal became mechanised, the whole process being controlled by "elite" Nazi's and run by bullying, sadistic guards. Because of the secretive nature of the "work" undertaken in Treblinka very few people survived to tell the tale, working parties were routinely murdered to ensure their silence, and the fact that "Chil" survived to bring us this testament is a miracle in itself. Chil's account is written in his own words and he spares us no horror, he doesn't shy away from any of the evil he witnessed and the simplicity of his words running through the pure evil of those events is so powerful, it's humbling. Nothing I've read has moved me more than this book, nothing ever will, and I found myself torn in two because I didn't want to put it down but, at the same time, I didn't want to carry on reading. Shocking beyond words, harrowing, brutal but ultimately a text that deserves global recognition not just because of it's rarity, but out of respect for Chil Rajchman who survived against all the odds to bring us this testament. Literary and historical gold.
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