The Last Jew of Treblinka

The Last Jew of Treblinka

by Chil Rajchman


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Quickly becoming a cornerstone of Holocaust historiography—a devastatingly stark memoir from one of the lone survivors of Treblinka.

Why do some live while so many others perish? Tiny children, old men, beautiful girls. In the gas chambers of Treblinka, all are equal. The Nazis kept the fires of Treblinka burning night and day, a central cog in the wheel of the Final Solution.

In the tradition of Elie Wiesel’s Night and Primo Levi’s Survival at Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved, Rajchman provides the only survivors’ record of Treblinka. Originally written in Yiddish in 1945, without hope or agenda other than to bear witness, Rajchman's tale shows that sometimes the bravest and most painful act of all is to remember.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605983424
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 118,648
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Chil Rajchman was born in Lodz, Poland, where he was an active member of the Jewish community. He survived for a year in the notorious Treblinka death camp and was part of the Treblinka workers’ revolt.
Rajchman was also a key witness in the prosecution of a Treblinka guard known as “Ivan the Terrible” during a war-crime tribunal in Germany. He emigrated to Uruguay, where passed away in 2004.

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The Last Jew of Treblinka 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read because i was unable to tear myself away from this gruesome story of human tragedy and the human will to live under horrtfying conditions --a story that had to be told
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful description of the horror of the Nazi death camps. And he survives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the subject matter is difficult and depressing, this book itself is excellent. I have read about the Holocaust for years, but still have found new information about the hardships endured during those years. It is well worth your time and money to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a stark, realistic look at what life was like in one of the death camps. It is something that more people should read. It is amazing what humans could do to each other and the strenght it took for some to survive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fact-like reading. The author does not embellish with emotional filler....He doesn't have to. The content is disturbing and emotional without it.
TRS1 More than 1 year ago
Very sad but very interesting and thought provoking memoir. If you are very interested in the holocaust (as I am) then you will find this book very insightful. I learned things in it that hadn't been mentioned in other memoirs, owning to the fact that each person's experience is different. I definitely recommend this book.
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended for those who like to read about the holocaust. This was a very gruesome story but all of it was true. It shows that you do what you have to if you want to survive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An older gentleman I worked with from Poland told me I needed to find out about Treblinka. He said it was worse than Auschwitz. After having read this memoir and books about Auschwitz, I think he may have been right.
Anonymous 4 months ago
would have liked to know more of his life before and after liberation
heatherhoarder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The significance of Rajchman¿s personal memoir is made clear with the title. Treblinka was a notorious death camp with most Jews facing immediate extermination upon arrival. Rajchman, along with a few others chosen to perform slave labor at the camp, suffer brutality, humiliation, and unbelievable atrocities. His account of his year in Treblinka and survival is overshadowed by his own feelings of guilt of being the one to survive. His memoir is an important part of history.
SigmundFraud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
frightening. How any individual could be so sadistic is beyond my comprehension.
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I wish the writer would have shared more details about his ascape from Treblinka. I would have loved to known more about his life after he was free from the camp. He still had to remain in hiding for quite some time before he was liberated.
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