Treblinka A Survivor’s memory by Chil Rajchman

Just read this book !!!! 

Treblinka A survivor’s memory by Chil Rajchman

The hell of Treblinka by Vasily Grossman

Holocaust memoir

Translators (Rajchman ) Solon Beinfeld ,(Grossman) Robert Chandler

Chil Rajchman Was a twenty eight year old Pole when he enter the Death camp of Treblinka .He was on of the few survivors as Treblinka had a reputation as the most evil of the death camps .The camp killed an estimate 850,000 people during the war .Chil was among a group who manage to cause an uprising in the camp and escape in august 1943 he wrote his memories of the camp at that time   on scraps of paper .He later settled in Uruguay worked this into the book Treblinka which he want published after he died to remind people of what had happened to him during the war

There was a difference in appearance of the dead from the small and from the large gas chamber .In the small chambers death was easier and quicker .The faces looked as if the people had fallen asleep , their eyes closed .Only mouths of some of the gassed victims were distorted ,with bloody foam visible on their lips .The bodies were covered in sweat .before dying people had urinated and defecated .

to find out the horrors of the large gas chamber read the book .

When this book arrived I was excited as I had want to get the hard back when it came out ,Rajchman’s account as one of the few survivors of the horrific Treblinka is an important document of Jewish history and Holocaust literature .Even 70 years after the events in this book took place we could all do with a remind of the horrors of mankind .I read the book in a day as I was gripped but the sheer bluntness of Rajchman memories ,he didn’t sugar coat a word this is like uncut diamond full of wonder and natrual beauty and you the reader have to cut the diamond to carry round and pass on to other readers and any one that mentions the war or says it wasn’t so bad it was that and more .I did just want put a short review up here and that would be

Just read it please

I m still not sure that is the best thing to have said as I as a blogger have to try to get you to pick this book .All I can say is the statement just read it some stories need to be read .This will make you feel like crying it did me .I choose today to put up my review as we see the horror of right-wing extremism raises it ugly head in the trail of the mass murderer in Norway Anders Brevik ,when today I heard him try to justify his actions it made me angry and I decide to do this review today .Chil entered Treblinka with his family the last time he saw them and because he was lucky or able to do jobs that no one else could do was able to survive and pass on this testament to future generations.Many hundreds of thousands couldn’t .

The second part of the book is Vasily Grossman’s account for the russian papers when he was the first journalist to reach Treblinka after the camp was liberated .He wrote the history of the camp an exact description of what he saw when he enter the lay out .These lines struck me

The ashes and crushed cinders swish softly .We enter the camp .We tread the earth of Treblinka .The Lupin pods spilt open at the least touch they split with a faint ping and millions of tiny peas scatter over the earth .The sounds of the falling peas and the bursting pods come together to form a single soft sad melody it is as a funeral knell

This sums up how fragile human life is just like those lupin seeds

I can’t say any more I d love to se reviews of this every where as it is such a touching memoir and one to pass on  to all .I wait to review this to a day when it would mean something and today seems like that day to me .

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teresa
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 20:30:37

    You don’t have to try hard to convince me, Stu! These stories should and must be told again and again. I will add this to the wishlist.


  2. Gavin
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 00:25:23

    Stu, you have me searching on the internet for this one!


  3. markbooks
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 08:46:08

    I’m going to make a start on it soon. How would you compare it to ‘The Emperor Of Lies’?


  4. Jackie Bailey (@farmlanebooks)
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 13:23:46

    I love your passion! I haven’t seen you get this excited about a book before. That quote has formed terrible images in my mind so I can see how powerful this book is. Thanks for drawing it to my attention.


  5. nely moreno
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 00:15:07

    this is an awsome book i LOVE IT!!!!


  6. Kelly
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 00:15:57

    I bought the French translation of this when I was living in France and I still remember the afternoon I spent reading it. It was SO moving. It is such a haunting book, and hard to think that it’s true, that people really went through the Holocaust. Definitely think everyone needs to read this one, Stu.


  7. Sarah
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 18:53:20

    That’s a very powerful post, Stu. I have to admit I don’t really want to read this, but you write persuasively. Your case is a strong one and you leave me in no doubt that this is an important book.


  8. maphead
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 20:51:42

    Thanks! I will!


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