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Treblinka: A Survivor's Memory Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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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 For its description of unspeakable cruelty, Treblinka is a memoir that will not be superseded.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.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover. See all Product description
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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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This edition includes Grossman's "The Hell Of Treblinka." An article published in 1944, written by Grossmen, based on eyewitness accounts taken from locals and German... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ericwinnert
Very powerful - everyone must read this, especially these daysPublished 5 months ago by Dudal viderbre
Fantastic book on one of the leser known camps. Truly horrifying for the poor people concerned.Published 9 months ago by Tracy
Most people are aware of the holocaust, I was, but the brutality and cruelty can only be described by a survivor. A truly 'remarkable story of courage and fortitudePublished 11 months ago by ianolliver
A real life, true horror story. It is important we never forget what happened here. They say that history repeats itself but we absolutely must not let this happen again EVER. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JulieS
a factual account of an indescribable horror - everyone should read this bookPublished 14 months ago by richie666
This is one of the most harrowing, disturbing books I have read.
Everyone should read it.