Jakub's World: A Boy's Story of Loss and Survival in the Holocaust

Jakub's World: A Boy's Story of Loss and Survival in the Holocaust

by Alicia Nitecki

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Overview

When German troops come to the small village of BeÂzoeyce, Poland, in 1939, nine-year-old Jakub Szabmacher's world is forever changed. At first the humiliations inflicted by the Germans seem small, but the conditions worsen until eventually Jakub's family and much of his village are murdered, and he is sent to various concentration camps in Poland and Germany, where he struggles to survive the terrible conditions of camp life. Finally liberated in 1945 from the concentration camp in Flossenbürg, Germany, Jakub is befriended by American troops and with their help brought to the United States, where he takes the name Jack Terry. Coauthor Alicia Nitecki, whose grandfather was also imprisoned at Flossenbürg, uses Terry's personal memories to tell young Jakub's story, as well as unpublished memoirs, private letters, and interviews with former inmates of the Flossenbürg concentration camp and the townspeople of BeÂzoeyce and Flossenbürg. Part history, part autobiography, Jakub's World offers an anguished young boy's perspective on the Holocaust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791483497
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,125,655
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alicia Nitecki is Associate Professor of English at Bentley College. She is the author of Recovered Land and the translator of several works, including We Were in Auschwitz by Janusz Nel Siedlecki, Krystyn Olszewski, and Tadeusz Borowski.

Jack Terry is a psychoanalyst living in New York, where he specializes in the treatment of Holocaust survivors.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Jakub's World

Darkness

In Transit

Both Sides of the Wire

Drecksack!

Heat

A Child Again

A New World

Coda

Afterword

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