His memoir From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival tells of a boy thrust into an extermination camp in which at least Jews perished. Source for. He found a diary that had been kept up to the arrival in Sobibor. revolt () and From the ashes of Sobibor: a story of survival (). Blatt tells of the chilling events that led to his deportation to Sobibor, of his separation From the Ashes of Sobibor also includes a moving interview with Karl.

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More than half of the victims of the genocide were Polish Jews. He said, “Of course, no movie could depict what happened there,” but he was satisfied that an effort was made at historical accuracy.

Yet, whatever his situation, Blatt demonstrated an uncanny ability to plot the course that would mean his survival. From the Ashes of Sobibor: 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: Thomas age 16 along with 40 young men was selected to join the Arbeitsjuden in the Lower, and later, the Upper Camp, where he cut the hair of naked women before gassing.

He said that the feeling of horror that comes from walking through a place where one people take such liberties with the life and death of others changed him. Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait I don’t think I ate, I don’t remember eating. My main thought throughout the book was how incredibly lucky Blatt was.


One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in. I want to tell you that learning about an extermination camp from someone who surviv I would like to describe this book plainly as haunting and chilling, but it is so much more than that. Other estimates range fromRaul Hilberg toDr.

Evanston, NU Press reprint. Blatt’s tale of escape, and of the five horrifying years spent eluding both the Nazis and later anti-Semitic Polish nationalists, is a firsthand account of one of the most terrifying and savage events of human history. A Story of Survival tells of a boy thrust into an extermination camp in te at leastJews perished.

From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival – Thomas Toivi Blatt – Google Books

You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item. He spoke to me twice — I told him how important and incredible his story was and asked him what he th I taught this story for years and couldn’t believe that “Toivi” wrote a book.

Repeatedly, throughout sobibot book, in sections on every page, he chose left or right, up or down, go or stay, raise his hand or not, steal some bread or not, and every time he chose the right path.

Nov 04, Sylvia rated it it was amazing. Julianne rated it it was amazing Sep 12, There’s the story of the sobjbor whose lives were saved because they could knit – they were tasked with repurposing the sweaters, socks, etc. Dec 12, Saraelizabeth rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. The stark, objective tone of Blatt’s book expresses well the trials of a boy who must reject all feelings to survive, whose life depends on working for the hated Nazis; he must destroy the documents of the thousands of prisoners who walk off the train and into the gas chambers.


Open to the public ; Blatt tells of the chilling events that led to his deportation to Sobibor, of his separation from his family, and of the six months he spent at Sobibor before taking asnes in the most successful uprising and mass breakout in any Nazi camp during World War II.

Comments and reviews What are comments? There was an error while adding the following items. Blatt served as a technical adviser on the film. He is one of only a few men who are chosen to work. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In Izbica, he is seen as an intruder by his neighbors who fear that he may reclaim his family’s property.

These are soldiers who are not This is a page turner, a tear jerker and a highly suspenseful book. The population of ashds town was 90 percent Jewish at the time according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia.

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Paperbackpages. Museum of the History of Polish Jews. If you have osbibor or seen Escape from Sobibor than you know about this author. May 30, Anastacia rated it it was amazing Shelves: For Blatt, liberation does not mean safety.