Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising

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Steerforth Press, 1999 - Fiction - 257 pages
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On August 2, 1943 prisoners of the Treblinka concentration camp, armed with stolen guns and grenades, attacked their guards, set fire to the "factory of death, " and fled into the neighboring forest. Of the six hundred prisoners who escaped in the desperate revolt, only forty survived. Village of a Million Spirits is a fictionalized account of one of the most extraordinary insurrections in history.

With breathtaking intensity Ian MacMillan narrates the Treblinka uprising in the voices of people both inside the camp and in the surrounding countryside, children and adults, victims and guards. For its staggering depiction of horror and for its sheer humanity, Village of a Million Spirits should be considered, like the novels of Levi, Wiesel, Kosinski, and Borowski, essential reading in Holocaust literature.

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The world of the Holocaust death camps comes to life in this fictionalized account of the uprising at Treblinka on August 2, 1943. The prisoners, armed with stolen guns and grenades, attacked their ... Read full review


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MacMillan is winner of the 1992 Hawaii award for literature.

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