Treblinka, a Nazi death camp in eastern Poland where nearly eight hundred thousand Jews were killed, is a name that remains more obscure than other Nazi camps because there were so few survivors. The only work at the camp involved keeping the machinery of death functioning, and Rajchman endured these tasks for a year before participating in the Treblinka workers revolt, after which he escaped. He wrote this harrowing account in 1945 to record what he had witnessed, and for years it remained unpublished. Available now in English for the first time, it is as painful as it is important. –Casey O.
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