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From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival

From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival


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From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival is an invaluable, firsthand account of a child's survival in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during World War II. When the Germans invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Thomas Toivi Blatt was twelve years old. He and his family lived in the largely Jewish town of Izbica in the Lublin district of Poland—the district that was to become the site of three major Nazi extermination camps: Belzec, Sobibor, and Majdanek. Blatt tells of the chilling events that led to his deportation to Sobibor, and of the six months he spent there before taking part in the now-famous uprising and mass breakout. Blatt's tale of escape, and of the five harrowing years spent eluding both the Nazis and anti-Semitic Polish nationalists, is gripping account of resilience and survival.

This edition also includes the author's interview with Karl Frenzel, a former Nazi commandant at Sobibor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810113022
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/28/1997
Series: Jewish Lives Series
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 352,168
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Thomas "Toivi" Blatt (born April 15, 1927) was one of the few survivors who successfully escaped Sobibor extermination camp. While fleeing the SS he was betrayed by a farmer who was hiding him, resulting in a gunshot injury to the jaw. The bullet remains there to this day.

Table of Contents

The Beginning
For a Lease on Life
Freedom—The Illusion

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From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down, It completely grabed me and I felt like I was right there with Toivi. All I read is Holocaust survivor books and this is by far the best. I finished the book almost two months ago and it is still with me, haunting me. I rarely read books twice but this one I will read 100 times!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as an undergrad at Pacific Lutheran University for a holocaust course. I finished it within a couple of days because I couldn't put it down. It was an emotional rollercoaster that everyone should read to fully grasp what life was like for those targeted by the Nazis. I was also fortunate enough to meet Mr. Blatt when he came to speak to our class about the book and his experiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attened two different speeches that Mr. Blatt gave about Sobibor. He is a incredible man and I would reccomend buying this book!! It gives you a first hand look at what the jews went through in WWII.