The Tale of the Ring: A Kaddish : a Personal Memoir of the Holocaust

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Pushcart, 1984 - History - 348 pages
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Frank Stiffel was a young Jewish student with dreams of a literary career when the Nazis invaded Poland and carried off his family to Treblinka. Stiffel escaped and wandered the land, constantly threatened with capture by the Nazis and their sympathizers. He eventually was discovered and sent to Auschwitz where, because of his simple rule--keep your dignity or die--he survived constant brutality until liberation in 1945. This is a moving document of suffering and quiet strength that has all the immediacy of having been written as it happened--the book was started as a diary in captivity and completed soon after the war.

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Though many personal accounts of the Holocaust are available, LJ's reviewer praised this 1984 volume for its description of "multinational Poland before the war and the interlude of Soviet occupation ... Read full review



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Stiffel was born in Austro-Hugnarian Galicia. He grew up as a young Jew in the then Polish City of Lwow. In 1942, he and his family were deported to the Death Camp of Treblinka, from which he escaped, only to be apprehended a few months later. He served time in Gestapo jails and in the concentration camp of Auschwitz, until the Red Army liberated the camp in 1945. Soon, he left Poland, leading a 20-person group of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, first to Romania, then to Italy.

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