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on October 7, 2013
Treblinka is a sad story of men, women and children whom suffered a terrible fate once they crossed the threshold of the concentration camp known as Treblinka. The book goes into a great deal of detail about the personalities of the people who were forced to go there, as well as their tormentors. Living through such a horrific period of suffering in Germany, the occupied territories and Russia were hard enough for people who were not in concentration camps, let alone the terrible treatment of the Jews, Gypsies, and other occupants who were forced inside its walls.

The story of the revolt to destroy the camp will keep you in suspense as the organizers go through a great deal of issues with their plans. Would someone tell the secret? Would someone give it all away? Who could be trusted and who could not be trusted was always a concern. Would the Germans figure it out before it could even get off the ground? Would the Germans destroy the camp, and kill all the inhabitants before the revolt could be started? And finally, if they were successful, could anyone survive even if they could pull of such a feat?

The one thing to live for the prisoners was the burning desire to pay back the SS guards and officers that tortured them day in and day out. Also, to show the outside world that Jews could strike back, and show the world that they were not going to take it anymore. Realizing the chances of survival were minimal, it became inconsequential. Just being able to take down the camp would be enough pay in this situation. Survival against such odds was all most impossible, and the people planning it knew that. They were no longer thinking of simply surviving the war, but to take the war to their enemy.

The book was very nicely written, more like a novel, however with enough historical background to satisfy the history enthusiast. One cant help but think that the people of Europe must have thought they were living in a nightmare from the years 1939 to 1945, the war years of the Third Reich, and the terror launched by the SS upon its people. But, its also hard to imagine who suffered more from Nazi occupation than the people whose fate landed them in Treblinka. The death camps were of course, the worse camps in all of the German Reich. The fact that the Nazis thought they could cover up their frightful deeds is all most comical, if you didn't know that they spent a great deal of time and energy digging pits, burring bodies, removing bodies, and then building monster ovens to try and burn the evidence of death. Did they really think that the world was so naive no one would find out? Well, the rebellion at Treblinka was meant to document the bravery of one group of people, and to expose the monstrosity of another. This book does it very well.
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on February 28, 2016
Tersely written and detailed description of the evolution of the revolt at Treblinka, the book spares no emotions. A visual equivalent would be the movie "Son of Saul" - in fact, I felt that the movie could well have been based on the first hand accounts which form the basis of the book. Despite having read many books on the holocaust, this one somehow imparted a sober brutality.
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on November 17, 2013
While this is fiction and Steiner got some of the details wrong about how the Final Solution came about, and he has been criticized for it, still this is an excellent book of fiction about the revolt at one of the first of the Death Camps established by the Nazis. It really is a must-read for anyone interested in the Final Solution.
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on May 18, 2013
Treblinka is really two books in one- the planning and execution of the uprising at Treblinka, and the psychology and indomitable will to survive. The two themes are interwoven throughout the book, and Steiner makes this relationship between the two work. Many people question why so many Jews went passively to their deaths, and Steiner explains by describing the liquidation of the ghetto in Vilna and Ponary and the reaction to the survivor who told of what was going on in the killing fields, how the centuries of pogroms had conditioned the Jews to believe that the violence was only temporary, and the psychological devices used by the Nazis to ensure a docile population. The other part, the planning and execution of the uprising, was as tense and drama-filled as the other part was intellectual.

While I would say that the highlight of the book was the uprising, it was also the saddest part. These men, abandoned by the world and left to their fate, rose heroically against insurmountable odds to reclaim their lives and their dignity, knowing that in all likelihood that their efforts would result in their deaths. Their goal- to ensure that enough would survive to be able to give witness to the gruesome events at Treblinka- was their ultimate victory.
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on January 18, 2017
Haven't read it all the way through yet but so far so good. Obviously terrible content but written in a way that doesn't under-emphasize the horridness of this tragedy.
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on May 18, 2015
Gave a lot more insight into how and why the Nazis were able to manipulate people by a regiment of ever changing rules and regulations. A peek into the minds and spirit that will force some people to do anything for one more day of life and still note loose their faith.
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on January 4, 2015
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on February 27, 2016
My granddaughter is studying the Holocaust in school, so I bought this book for her. I've read it before and know it to be revealing and accurate.
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on August 9, 2016
This is well written and gets to your soul.
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on January 15, 2017
Great book.
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