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The end of days : a memoir of the Holocaust
Sendyk, Helen.
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First Syracuse University Press edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
232 pages ; 21 cm.
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Originally published: 1st ed. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
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DS135.P62 C53777 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sendyk is the last member of a Jewish family of 12 from Chrzanow, Poland, only three of whom survived the Holocaust. This is her moving story of how each of the others died and of what happened to her and her one sister who survived a German labour camp.

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Booklist Review

Nearly 50 years after the Holocaust, survivors continue to write their memoirs of this unparalleled tragedy. Speaking of her family, Sendyk, who lost her parents, six brothers and sisters, and other relatives (63 in all), writes that "I alone carry their lives in me. I cannot let them vanish without a mark, a legacy, a new family to carry on their memory." Sendyk was born and raised in Chrzanow, Poland, and her moving book begins with a look at Jewish family life there before World War II (the majority of Chrzanow's 20,000 Jews were Hasidic). Then came the rise of Hitler, and on September 4, 1939, German troops marched into Chrzanow, and the persecution of the Jews began in earnest. Even~tually, the author was sent from one slave labor camp to another, suffering all the torture and indignities of the Holocaust. Hers is a poignant memoir of a courageous individual. ~--George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Less a chronicle of the author's experiences during the Holocaust than a remembrance of the struggle by her parents and seven older siblings to escape the Nazi terror, this often affecting memoir re-creates life in the ghetto of Chrzanow, Poland. Rather than detailing the death camps, Sendyk relates her brothers' attempts to join the Polish army or flee to Russia or Palestine and her sister's efforts to provide for and protect the remaining members of the family. Although the book is involving and frequently eloquent, it has flaws. Extensive dialog, plus descriptions of places and events the author did not directly witness, seem like unnecessary embellishments to her personal story. An understandable yet disconcerting bias depicts all Jews as noble, gentiles as universally corrupt. Not a necessary purchase, but worth consideration for large Judaica collections.-- Rose Cichy, Osterhout Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.