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 For its description of unspeakable cruelty, Treblinka is a memoir that will not be superseded.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.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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One cannot stress the importance a document such as "Treblinka: A survivor's Memory" holds in our history; our very being. Without it, and others of its ilk, we would remain to this day uneducated as to the severity of what transpired in camps such as Auschwitz, Sobibór, Be''ec and Treblinka - to name but a few. The mass genocide, the rapes, the brutality, the starvation, the sheer ignominy of the SS and the Ukrainian "murderers" as Chil Rachjman put it - helped shape our lives ensuring no such depravity occurs ever again - we live in hope.
Treblinka: A survivor's Memory is a poignant account of one man's struggle to not only see life one day at a time but to make every second count - survival was by no means guaranteed. By appearing to be sick, taking too long to cut a woman's hair, taking too long to complete an instruction or simply by standing up tall - you would be taken to one side, forced to strip and summarily executed on the spot to cries of laughter and merriment from the on looking officers who considered it nothing more than a sport.
The sheer brutality of this book forces one to take stock and look at one's life and truly appreciate the comforts we take for granted on a daily basis.Read more ›
All people should read such fantastic works...we can only learn from them. Do it! x
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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 2 days 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 1 month ago by JulieS
a factual account of an indescribable horror - everyone should read this bookPublished 3 months ago by richie666
This is one of the most harrowing, disturbing books I have read.
Everyone should read it.
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