Chil Rajchman, a Polish Jew, was arrested with his younger sister in 1942 and sent to Treblinka, a death camp where more than 750,000 were murdered before it was abandoned by German soldiers. His sister was 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 bodies.

In August 1943, there was an uprising at the camp, and Rajchman was among the handful of men who managed to escape. In 1945, he set down this account, a plain, unembellished and exact record of the raw horror he endured every day. This unique testimony, which has remained in the sole possession of his family ever since, has never before been published in English.

For its description of unspeakably cruelty, Treblinka is a memoir that will not be superseded.


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DAVID ISHERWOOD February 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

Everyone should read about Treblinka and the probable 800, 000 Jews who were gassed there. However why someone has chosen a photo of Treblinka Station for the book’s cover is an error. Apart from the name, the Treblinka death camp was no where near the village of Treblinka or the railway line shown. It was in fact a number of kilometers away on a seperate spur of railway in a heavily forested area.
Today the Treblinka camp railway has gone, but a number of concete blocks like railway sleepers, show where the final portion of the railway entered the camp.

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