The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman
A Memoir

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The only shred of hope that one can take from this astonishing account is the ability of one man to maintain strength and humanity during an unimaginable year. First published in 1945 in Yiddish, Rajchman's memoir is especially unique for being the only existing account of a Treblinka survivor in print.
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From one of the lone survivors of the Treblinka concentration camp comes a devastating memoir of the Holocaust in the tradition of Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz.
 
Why did some live while so many others perished? Tiny children, old men, beautiful girls—in the gas chambers of Treblinka, all were equal. A central cog in the wheel of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution, the fires of Treblinka were kept burning night and day.
 
Chil Rajchman was twenty-eight when he arrived at Treblinka in 1942. At the extermination camp, he was forced to work as a “barber,” shaving the heads of victims, and a “dentist,” pulling gold teeth from corpses. But he escaped eleven months later and survived to tell the shocking and heartbreaking tale of his experience—and of those who didn’t make it out alive.
 
Elie Wiesel calls The Last Jew of Treblinka “an important, heart-rending contribution to our search for truth.” Poignant and powerful, this memoir provides the only survivors’ record of the horrifying Polish extermination camp. Originally written in Yiddish in 1945, without hope or agenda other than to bear witness, Rajchman’s story shows that remembering is sometimes the bravest and most painful act of all.  
 

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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.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 25 2010

Rajchman’s searing story, frequently narrated in the present tense, has a powerful authenticity and should not be forgotten. A Holocaust testament of heart-rending immediacy.

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on Aug 06 2016

The only shred of hope that one can take from this astonishing account is the ability of one man to maintain strength and humanity during an unimaginable year. First published in 1945 in Yiddish, Rajchman's memoir is especially unique for being the only existing account of a Treblinka survivor in print.

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