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Shadows of Treblinka
Kuperhand, Miriam, 1926-
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1998]

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xvi, 185 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Long days, dark nights / by Miriam Kuperhand. Made in Kałuszyn -- The cemetery of Siemiatycze -- A life of fur -- Enemies at the gates -- The rape of Siemiatycze -- The funeral -- Creation of the ghetto -- The bunker -- Separation -- Searching for Father -- Saved by another dream -- The hunt -- Reunited -- Our new home -- Friends and enemies in the woods -- The dangers of liberation -- Love and hate amid the ruins -- Running from my past to my future -- New visas and vistas -- Names to cherish -- Escape from Treblinka / by Saul Kuperhand. The Polish academy of hard knocks -- Rumblings --Home in the ruins -- Railroad tracks to Hell -- To escape Treblinka -- Working the road to survival -- Out of Treblinka -- Underground Jews -- When skeletons throw their weight around -- Liberated, not free -- Shadows of Treblinka.
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DS135.P62 K31845 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Chronicles the authors' flight from the Nazis.

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Miriam Kuperhand was born in 1926 in the small Polish town of Kaluszyn. In 1937, after the death of her mother, her father remarried and the family moved to Siemiatycze, a town of about 6,000 Jews and a few Catholics. The Siemiatycze ghetto was established on 1 August 1942, and in November the Jews deemed unfit for work were shipped to the Treblinka death camp. Miriam's family split up after hiding in an underground bunker to avoid deportation, then lived in subhuman conditions in the Polish countryside, in constant jeopardy of betrayal and death. Part of the time, Miriam's parents and stepsister were hidden by a Polish farmer; the whole family survived. At the end of the war, Miriam met Saul Kuperhand, who also was from Siemiatycze and who had escaped from Treblinka after he and some fellow Jews killed a Ukrainian guard. Miriam and Saul were married in 1945. Of Siemiatycze's 6,000 Jews, only 35 survived. This two-part memoir starkly re-creates the complexity and horror of Jews in wartime Poland. --George Cohen