Gone to Pitchipoï

Gone to Pitchipoï

A Boy's Desperate Fight for Survival in Wartime

eBook - 2012
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Academic Studies Press
This vivid and moving memoir describes the survival of a Jewish child in the hell of Nazi occupied Poland. Rubin Katz was born in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyskie, Poland, in 1931. This town, located in the picturesque countryside of central Poland 42 miles south of Radom, had in 1931 a population of nearly 30,000, of whom more than a third were Jews. The persistence of traditional ways of life and the importance of the local hasidic rebbe, Yechiel-Meier (Halevi) Halsztok, as well as the introduction of such modernities as bubble gum, are clearly and effectively described here. This memoir is remarkable for the ability of its author to recall so many events in detail and for the way he is able to be fair to all those caught up in the tragic dilemmas of those years. It is a major contribution to our understanding of the fate of Jews in smaller Polish towns during the Second World War and the conditions which made it possible for some of them, like Rubin, to survive.

Book News
Rubin Katz was born in a small town in Poland where his father ran a factory. In this memoir he recounts the life changing conflicts of WWII and how he escaped Nazi persecution as a child, surviving almost the entire period of Nazi occupation in Poland. Beginning at age eight, Katz was forced to fend for himself, hiding out in confinement and living alone in the woods near places where his family members were held in labor camps and ghettoes. The book includes b&w historical photos and personal photos, as well as b&w contemporary photos of sites taken when the author returned to Poland as an adult. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781618112354
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xviii, 326 pages) : illustrations


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