Stephen Karlson (shkarlson) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Stephen Karlson
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I ALONE HAVE ESCAPED TO TELL YOU.

Chil Rajchman, who testified at John Demjanjuk's trial in Germany, wrote (in Yiddish) a memoir now available in English as The Last Jew of Treblinka.  It's a short book, spare in its language, and it's difficult to conceive of the author being able to write down what he saw, let alone to proofread or edit it.  It's this year's Book Review No. 9, and we have it because Mr Rajchman appeared fit enough to be selected for a work detail upon arrival at Treblinka, persevered on work details where to lag was to be killed, and survived an escape from that camp.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)
Tags: history, holocaust literature, human spirit
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