Baker & Taylor When World War II erupted in Europe, Konrad Charmatz was a prospering businessman in Sosnowiec, Poland, a loving son, and an aspiring poet. For the next seven years he witnessed the Holocaust as it destroyed his family, his country, and his culture. In this astonishing story of suffering and survival, he gives his own personal account of the Warsaw ghetto, the death chambers at Auschwitz, the transport trains, the slave labor camps of Dachau, and the liberation. And from the perspective of the renowned journalist he later became, he also describes how the Holocaust was carried out, not only at the level of governments and their armies, but at the level of the individuals who took its orders. Few people survived the Holocaust from such close range or for so long, and few remembered it with the eye of a practiced journalist.
Book News In this memoir, the author describes his experiences as a Polish Jew swept up in the terror of Nazi occupation and the Holocaust. The first half of the book looks at larger issues of the community, describing and condemning Jewish cooperation with the occupation. Recounting events after his arrest by the Gestapo he naturally begins to focus more on his own personal fate, including his eventual escape in the closing days of the war. Translated from the Yiddish work originally published in 1975. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Baker & Taylor The author describes his experiences as a Polish Jew during the Nazi occupation and the Holocaust.