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The Pit and the Trap: A Chronicle of Survival Hardcover – August, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0896040465 ISBN-10: 0896040461

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Holocaust Library (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896040461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896040465
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,915,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the most harrowing, painful story of survival I have ever read. It is a document of witnessing, which tells the story of a few Jews struggle to remain alive after their worlds, their families their communities have been destroyed. As Aharon Appelfeld writes in his introduction to this work,Leyb Rochman is " one of the very few writers in whom the entire ordeal of his generation found its Jewish expression". Rochman (1918-1978) along with his wife Esther, his sister - in- law Tzipporah, his friends Ephraim and Froide are for the largest part of the book , over one and half - years hidden behind the wall in the home of an elderly former prostitute called in the book 'Auntie' ,and her brother Felek, who is a thief by profession. These two non- Jews however burdened with an anti- Semitic theology nonetheless risk their lives to hide the Jews. But they are by no means saints and do this for a variety of motives including material ones, and the hope of after the war being made rich by the surviving Jews. Yet they stand almost alone in giving help to the persecuted in a surroundings in which greed and cruelty predominate.
No summary can possibly do justice to the monstrousness of the experiences recorded here. Rochman is an unsentimental, precise writer who seems to let the events which in themselves are so powerful be presented without editorializing self- aggrandizement.
The whole experience of being continually in danger, of being hunted, and threatened by every sight and sound is made palpably present in incident after incident. It is not only the Germans who are murderers and cruel sadists but the threats also come from the Polish peasants who too enjoy and profit from acts of gratuitous cruelty.
Many of the passages of the book are simply horrifying to read.
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Format: Paperback
Rochman's writing is bright, acute, crisp as it recounts with warm particularity the numb terror endured by a group of hunted, hidden Jews in Hitler's Poland. This is an important document and should not be out of print. Read this book with "A Woman in Berlin," and remember what matters most.
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