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Nearly a million Jews were consumed by the ovens of Treblinka before August 2, 1943. On that day 600 prisoners armed with stolen guns and grenades attacked the Nazi guards, burned the camp, and fled into the nearby Polish forests. Of these, forty survived to bear witness to man's courage in the face of the greatest evil human history has prdouced.
Paperback, 415 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Plume (first published January 1st 1966)
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Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it
It's hard to know what this book is. It reads like a novel, with internal thoughts and great swaths of dialogue. However, it is presented as a history, though it lacks bibliography and notes. Perhaps it's in the mold of Keneally's Schindler's List, which told a true story but was labeled a novel.

It doesn't really matter, in the end. For Treblinka is an incredibly powerful, harrowing book; whether it is true, or only based on the truth, it tells an overwhelming story. More than that, in its very
Oct 30, 2007 Suzy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is willing to stretch their view of the world
If you want to take a look at what it might really be like in a place of living hell, this book paints a very vivid picture. You are able to see the hardships and dehumanizing things that happened in the Treblika concentration camp as well as seeing the day to day workings of the camp. This book is stretching, overwhelming and haunting. It is not to be read lightly; however, I do think that it is important to really begin to try to understand the Holocaust and the people that were in the Holocau ...more
Eva Leger
It never fails to amaze me that after all I've read on tis period in history I can still be shocked. This is shocked. I've read other Holocaust stories that mention the Treblinka revolt but none have come anywhere near the detail this has. That alone is a reason this is a must-read for anyone interested in the Holocaust.
I have a little trouble saying this because obviously I wasn't there and can hardly imagine any of the feelings, thoughts, etc. that would come with actually being there but I d
Oct 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a slim little paperback, less than 300 pages. Normally I could finish something like that in a matter of days, but this took me three weeks. I had to take each page a bit at a time, absorb it and reflect on it before taking on the next page. My world has been rocked by this book, my foundation shaken. I've read literally dozens of books on World War II, with special emphasis (I thought) on the Holocaust, but I have never come across this tory. That is a shame, a crime against the survivo ...more
Raissa Pinto
Jul 31, 2015 Raissa Pinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Se você acha que sabe o que aconteceu num campo de concentração, confronte-se lendo Treblinka. Se você tem alguma vaga ideia, mas é curioso sobre o assunto este é o seu livro. Se você quer vislumbrar em algumas páginas até onde vai a loucura e maldade humanas este também é o seu livro. Acabei há poucas horas e ainda estou digerindo o que eu li. Não, na verdade estou incrédula com o que eu descobri; nunca poderei digerir e/ou aceitar o que foi atentado contra os judeus. Treblinka é a materializa ...more
Feb 19, 2008 stephanie rated it liked it
and then i figured out why i hadn't read it before - a certain amount of historical fiction is involved. however, it does tell a story that should be heard. the riot in treblinka was incredible.

the thing that struck me most about the book, however, which was written in the early 60s, was how many times he set out to basically answer the question of why the jews went like lambs to the slaughter. when we are taught the holocaust now, we don't assume that they went complacently, we learn of all th
Dec 01, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-2
There are no words for books like these. I remember when i first picked it out thinking it would just be a restatement of the facts of Treblinka.

No. This book was more than just a memoir. IT was a reflection on how the concentration camp was more than just the continuous destruction of life, it was a cataclysm in the never-ending cycle of jewish belief. That their people group never gave up on life even faced with assured destruction and constant debasment and humiliation is so bewildering.
Nuno Ribeiro
Jan 05, 2015 Nuno Ribeiro rated it liked it
Shelves: authors-french
One of the most damaging books I read in my early teenage years. What little I had from my childhood inocence was taken away as I read through the pages, silentely, at night. And I think I understood a little of the need to tell the story. It is hard to lose your inocence. To realize that humans are able to plan, carefully, the extinction of other humans. But you do have to know, and become an adult. Everyone has to know. We cannot afford to be ignorant. Because ignorance is the food of dictator ...more
Czarny Pies
Sep 09, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: A classic of the holocaust
Recommended to Czarny by: Mes parents l'ont achete.
Shelves: european-history
I read this history of the successful revolt in 1943 by members Treblinka's sonderkommando (i.e. a work unit comprised of Jews) shortly after it was published in 1946. Based on interviews with 40 of the survivors amongst the Treblinka rebels, this book gives a remarkable portrait of the daily work schedule and life inside a Nazi death camp that killed up to 5,000 in a single day. Certainly well done by any standards, I have never been as moved by anything that I have since read on the holocaust. ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Bythedeed rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anti-Facists, Anarchists, Holocaust, Nazism, Prisoners, Judaism
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Jan 15, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
This is the most disturbing book I have ever read. I have read through Game of Thrones and the Sword of Truth series with eager anticipation. I have watched CSI, Dexter, and the like. This book I couldn't read more than 5 pages without having to put it down. I suppose the difference is that THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. It is beyond words. When we think of the Holocaust, we think of all those poor people that died, but this book focuses on the people who LIVED in the concentration camps. There are not ...more
Michael Thompson
May 20, 2015 Michael Thompson rated it really liked it
Read this in middle school. One of the most amazing/disturbing stories I've ever read. This guy survived/witnessed so much. A few scenes are still burned into my mind (him giving a starving Jewish kid a pastry in the ghetto, but the kid throws it up b/c he hasn't eaten in so long; you know that kids dead already). Also, the planning and execution of the uprising at the Treblinka death camp. Everyone should read this book.
Aug 29, 2015 ppk added it
Having read quite a bit about the holocaust, I just did not think that some of this account sounded accurate. So I looked up the writings by some of the survivors of the Treblinka escape. The ones I read did not agree with the author's version of the camp or the escape. I was disappointed that I had wasted my time reading a questionable account.
Apr 07, 2014 Raygina rated it really liked it
I thought this would be a novel based on a true story, and in some ways and parts it is. In others parts it has an almost text book quality in describing the Technicians and how they went about creating their work. I had never heard of Treblinka before seeing this in my recommendations.

Overall an amazing, thought provoking book.
Cindy Huyser
Aug 07, 2009 Cindy Huyser rated it it was amazing
This book is a powerful piece of "creative nonfiction" in the best sense of the term. Steiner interviewed the 40 people who survived the killing machine of Treblinka to reconstruct the story of the camp and the prisoner revolt that all but destroyed the it. The book is very well-written and is easily as gripping as any novel. Treblinka, which existed as an extermination camp, was responsible for the deaths of 800,000 (or more) people. That these prisoners survived the conditions there, and were ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Camille rated it it was amazing
This book recounts the uprising and revolt of the Jews in the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland. The author took some liberties with testimonials as nearly all of the people involved in the revolt perished. He had met with the 40 or so survivors at the time of the writing of the book (1966) and formed the book from these interviews.

"Treblinka" is an intriguing look into the slow, systematic degradation that the Jews suffered at the hands of the "Technicians" (SS), beginning in the ghettos
Mar 16, 2010 Dan added it
Horrifying and inspiring.

The Nazis murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews at the Treblinka extermination camp.

The Nazis kept about 1,000 Jewish inmates alive to run the camp. This is the story of how they formed an underground organization, planned a revolt, killed their guards, and burned the camp to the ground.

The book is in novel form, but it was pieced together from interviews with the survivors of the revolt.

Don't read the foreword by Simone de Beauvoir until you've finished the book--s
Jesse Sherman
Oct 10, 2014 Jesse Sherman rated it it was amazing
Horrific, fascinating, cold, unforgettable
Brad Harris
Oct 03, 2015 Brad Harris rated it liked it
Read When i was in High School
Sam Afton
Jul 10, 2015 Sam Afton rated it it was amazing
The story of Treblinka and its fall is one that needs to be told, and the author does a great job telling it. What a humbling, incredible book.
Alfred Wellnitz
Mar 01, 2011 Alfred Wellnitz rated it liked it
Treblinka, Jean-Francois Steiner:
A story about a horrendous episode in human history, the Holocaust told in a rather banal way. Like any book that brings light to the Holocaust, it is a should read for anyone interested in understanding the human capacity for brutality and suffering. Though written in a sometimes awkward manner, author Steiner does convey the message he wants to deliver, and that is that this unbelievable horrible thing did happen and the world needs to know that it happened.
Nov 10, 2009 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a cheery read, obviously, but very dramatic and suspenseful. It read a lot like fiction (as much of the dialogue was necessarily supposed--a little "creative non-fiction"), which helped propel me along, but even so, it wasn't a book to read quickly because the subject matter was just so awful. I also found the translation (from French) to be a little weird at times, but overall, I'm glad I picked this up from my bookshelf--yet another inherited book I would never have thought to seek out.
Feb 01, 2014 Terry rated it it was amazing
Very, Very disturbing.
Aug 14, 2012 Mariya rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Very hard to read because it tells such a tragic story, no, a horrible story, but at the same time a noble story of the Jews.
When I was reading it, all I could think about was Treblinka. At night I saw dreams about Treblinka. I still can not stop thinking about those who survived and those who did not.
A must-read to everybody for we all must know what happened and never ever let anything even remotely similar happen again.
Jan 19, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recently-read
Based on firsthand testimony (written in the 60s), this boor recounts the successful Jewish uprising that destroyed the Treblinka concentration camp. And I thought I knew basically everything about the Holocaust! Steiner puts us inside the world of the organizers of the revolt, telling their story in a way that recalls such oft-tossed around phrases as "triumph of the human spirit." But that's what this story is, and a gripping thriller as well.
Matti Karjalainen
Jean-Francois Steinerin "Treblinka : tuhoamisleirin kapina"(Weilin+Göös, 1968) on todistusarvoltaan kiistelty dokumenttikirja pahamaineisesta tuhoamisleiristä ja siellä elokuussa 1943 syttyneestä juutalaisten kapinasta. Lukukokemuksesta saanee eniten irti, mikäli Steinerin tekemiin haastatteluihin pohjautuvaa, osin dramatisoitua kirjaa vertailee samanaikaisesti muihin Treblinkaa käsitteleviin kirjoihin.
Jennifer Gallagher
Dec 01, 2013 Jennifer Gallagher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-story
I read this book years ago when it was first released.. I cried reading it.. I was born 2 years after the war.. and learned the holocaust in School.. This book brought it to life for me.. it reads like a novel but no way is it that.. THIS IS A TRUE STORY of the nazi's descision to annihilate the Jews.. Man's inhumanity to his fellow man is shown in stark reality in this book..
Michele Krizan
Feb 24, 2013 Michele Krizan rated it it was amazing
I have read countless memoirs revolving around WWII death camps and still didn't get it - until I read Treblinka. The shocking descriptions and raw emotion is not something I will forget any time soon. More than once I felt as if I was sitting in the barracks with the committee planning a revolt.
If you are not moved by the courage displayed by these men, you do not have a soul.
Patrick Belair
This is a truly amazing story, considering when and under the conditions it took place.Not all jews gave up willingly, there was a resistance. True courage in spite of the shear magnitude of the odds against them,If you are a student of this period in time check it out, I'm sure that you will not be disappointed. This book can be disturbing considering the subject.
Dec 29, 2011 HeavyReader rated it liked it
I don't know why I never finished reading this book.

I got at least half way, maybe three quarters of the way through it. And it's really good, really inspiring. But for some reason I let it sit on my night stand until it became obvious that I was simply not going to finish it.

If I get my hands on another copy, I will read it all the way through.
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Jean-François Steiner est né le 17 février 1938 dans la région parisienne. Son père, israélite, est mort en déportation. Sa mère, catholique soucieuse de donner à ses enfants l'éducation que leur aurait souhaitée leur père, s'est remariée avec un médecin israélite. Après des études classiques au lycée Louis-le-Grand, Jean-François Steiner passe un an et demi en Israël. Il a alors dix-sept ans, déc ...more
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