Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939–1945 by Edward Reicher,Elisabeth Bizouard-Reicher,Magda Bogin

By Edward Reicher,Elisabeth Bizouard-Reicher,Magda Bogin

“[Dr. Reicher] lived in the course of the moment global warfare in Poland, dodging bullets, uprisings and deportations—not to say betrayal, hunger and airless hideouts—in a fashion extra resembling a skilled outlaw than a mild-mannered dermatologist . . . it's the outstanding simplicity of the nice doctor’s writing that makes [t]his e-book resemble [Victor] Klemperer’s, and the unique observations of its record that makes it emotionally memorable. . . . William Carlos Williams as soon as stated that individuals who prize info are perishing day-by-day for wish of the knowledge that may be discovered in simple terms in poetry. via a similar token, there'll by no means be a time after we won't desire the data that a tremendous, evocative ebook like Country of Ash provides.” —VIVIAN GORNICK, Moment magazine

Country of Ash is the starkly compelling, unique chronicle of a Jewish health practitioner who miraculously survived near-certain demise, first contained in the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, the place he used to be pressured to regard the Gestapo, then at the Aryan facet of Warsaw, the place he concealed less than various disguises. He clandestinely recorded the poor occasions he witnessed, yet his manuscript disappeared in the course of the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion. After the battle, reunited along with his spouse and younger daughter, he rewrote his story.

Peopled with old figures just like the arguable Chaim Rumkowski, who fancied himself a king of the Jews, to notorious Nazi commanders and dozens of Jews and non-Jews who performed cat and mouse with demise in the course of the battle, Reicher’s memoir is set a neighborhood confronted with extinction and the opportunity judgements and strokes of good fortune that stored a number of surprised souls alive.

Edward Reicher (1900–1975) used to be born in Lodz, Poland. He graduated with a level in medication from the collage of Warsaw, later studied dermatology in Paris and Vienna, and practiced in Lodz as a dermatologist and venereal illness expert either earlier than and after global warfare II. A Jewish survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, Reicher seemed at a tribunal in Salzburg to spot Hermann Höfle and provides an eyewitness account of Höfle’s position in Operation Reinhard, which despatched millions to their deaths within the Nazi focus camps of Poland.

Country of Ash, first released posthumously in France, was once translated from the French by means of Magda Bogin and features a foreword by way of Edward Reicher’s daughter Elisabeth Bizouard-Reicher.

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