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In Fire and Snow: Memoir By Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Fighter During WW2 (World War II Survivor) Kindle Edition
A unique Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto fighter
“The Germans marched, and their singing echoed between the walls. That same moment, we were ordered to attack the marchers, to throw bombs at them and then grenades and Molotov cocktails. When the air cleared, we saw German blood on the pavement. This was our finest day.”
In his book “In Fire and Snow,” Yaacov Putermilch describes his life in the Warsaw Ghetto as a member of the Jewish Combat Organization (JCO).
The Warsaw Ghetto uprising was set off by combatants and commanders of various Jewish youth movements in several foci throughout the Ghetto. Together with the stories of other witnesses, Yaccov's testimony completes the historic picture of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and throws light on the dramatic events that occurred in the specific sector where he fought.
After the Ghetto was destroyed, Yaacov escaped to the forests and continued to fight as a partisan. The partisans wrote an important chapter in the history of anti-Nazi resistance. They struggled to survive but went on fighting the Nazi enemy, no matter the cost.
Today, more than 75 years later, this historic document acquires double importance as the number of living witnesses is gradually decreasing, while more and more people deny the Holocaust and attempt to re-write its history.
- ASIN : B0824P7T6N
- Publication date : January 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2691 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 477 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,379 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,053 in Jewish Literature (Kindle Store)
- #1,587 in Jewish History (Kindle Store)
- #2,973 in Jewish Holocaust History
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The author spent time in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, as a partisan fighter in the forest, and hidden in bunkers throughout Warsaw towards the end before liberation. It's during all of this that he becomes closer to the woman who would eventually become his wife, but that was the furthest thing from anyone's mind at the time.
This author can put you where he is. You feel their suffering. You see the things they see through their eyes. It takes a special kind of author to be able to do that, and even more so with a topic such as this.
You hear about the atrocities by the Germans, but what you may not know are some of the horrific things the Jews did in response, but when it comes down to it, I can't say, if I were in their position, that I wouldn't have done the same thing. I probably would have. It was survival of the fittest. It was kill or be killed. I can't even imagine some of the horrors these people went through. These books can't do it all justice. No matter how much you read, you don't truly know unless you've been there.
This was a hard book to read but captivating. I read a lot of books on this topic and this is one of the better ones thus far.
I could not put Yaacov's account of his experience in his commitment to be part of good over evil
I would strongly recommend this true account of the Polish experience from 1939 to 1945
IN FIRE AND SNOW is a powerful story about a young boy who joined the “Hashomer Hatzair” youth movement, and in the summer of 1942, joined the Jewish combat organization - JCO in the Warsaw Ghetto. He participated in the Polish uprising in Warsaw. In January 1945, upon the liberation of Warsaw, he and a group of surviving fighters, including his future wife, Masha, who fought in the central Ghetto as a member of the “Bund” movement, left Warsaw toward Bucharest, Romania. In October 1945, the group received certificates to travel to Palestine, and Yaacov fulfilled his wish to reach the holy land.
Each Holocaust survivor has a unique and individual story. However, these survivor’s stories didn’t end in 1945. They continue through to the present day. Their testimonies provide us with an understanding of how the events of the Holocaust have shaped their lives and are an ongoing testimony to the strength of the human spirit.
This was such a phenomenal read. It’s a story you won’t soon forget. It’s a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.
I really wish that I had read this book earlier, so I strongly recommend anyone interested to read it!