Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling

Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling

Mark S.Smith / Feb 22, 2020

Treblinka Survivor The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling The story of a man who survived Treblinka to be haunted by his memories for years and ultimately to be killed by them More than people entered Treblinka and fewer than came out Hershl

  • Title: Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling
  • Author: Mark S.Smith
  • ISBN: 9780752456188
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of a man who survived Treblinka, to be haunted by his memories for 50 years and ultimately, to be killed by them.More than 800,000 people entered Treblinka and fewer than 70 came out Hershl Sperling was one of them He escaped Why then, 50 years later, did he jump to his death from a bridge in Scotland The answer lies in a long forgotten, published account oThe story of a man who survived Treblinka, to be haunted by his memories for 50 years and ultimately, to be killed by them.More than 800,000 people entered Treblinka and fewer than 70 came out Hershl Sperling was one of them He escaped Why then, 50 years later, did he jump to his death from a bridge in Scotland The answer lies in a long forgotten, published account of the Treblinka death camp, written by Hershl Sperling himself in the months after liberation, discovered in his briefcase after his suicide, and reproduced here for the first time Including previously unpublished photographs, this book traces the life of a man who survived five concentration camps, and details what he had to do to achieve this Hershl s story, from his childhood in a small Polish town to the bridge in faraway Scotland, is testament to the lasting torment of those very few who survived the Nazis most efficient and gruesome death factory The author personally follows in his subject s footsteps from Klobuck, to Treblinka, to Glasgow.

    Treblinka extermination camp Treblinka pronounced tr bl inka was an extermination camp, built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II It was located in a forest north east of Warsaw, kilometres . mi south of the Treblinka train station in what is now the Masovian Voivodeship.The camp operated between July and October as part of Operation Reinhard, the deadliest Treblinka trials The two Treblinka trials concerning the Treblinka extermination camp personnel began in Held at Dsseldorf in West Germany, they were the two judicial trials in a series of similar war crime trials held during the early s, such as the Jerusalem Adolf Eichmann trial and the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials , as a result of which the general public came to realize the Hershl Sperling testimony on the Treblinka Death Camp www Hershl Sperling Personal Testimony of the Treblinka Death Camp Hershl Sperling and his family lived in the Czestochowa ghetto on Wilsona Street near the ghetto wall. Oscar Strawczynski Months in Treblinka Survivors Oscar Strawczynski was born in Lodz Poland in , he became a skilled and accomplished tinsmith, which saved his life in the Treblinka death camp and which also made it Treblinka Jean Francois Steiner, Simone De Beauvoir Jean Franois Steiner is a writer and academic renowned for his nonfictional novel Treblinka The Revolt of an Extermination Camp Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris in .In she became the youngest person ever to obtain the agrgation in philosophy at the Sorbonne, placing second on the exam to Jean Paul Sartre de Beauvoir taught at lyces in Marseille and Rouen from to The Last Jew of Treblinka A Memoir Chil Rajchman The Last Jew of Treblinka A Memoir Chil Rajchman on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Quickly becoming a cornerstone of Holocaust historiography a devastatingly stark memoir from one of the lone survivors of Treblinka Why do some live while so many others perish Tiny children Treblinka Roll of Remembrance death camps An attempt is made with this Roll of Remembrance to remember the victims, inmates and survivors of Treblinka not as an impersonal statistic of the around , who went through this hell but in a small way to personalize the names or their experiences. Part I Holocaust Introductory Background Information Holocaust timeline with introductory background information and history Holocaust Survivors Solomon Radasky Holocaust Survivors, an excellent educational resource about the Nazi Holocaust of Jews in World War II, includes interviews, photographs and audio recordings of survivors Other features include interactive discussions, a Holocaust encyclopedia and a bibliography The site is both emotionally moving and factually informative. Treblinka udryddelseslejr , den frie encyklopdi Treblinka var en nazistisk udryddelseslejr i nrheden af landsbyen Treblinka i voivodskabet Masovien i det tysk besatte Polen under verdenskrig.Nstefter Auschwitz var det den udryddelseslejr hvor flest jder blev slet ihjel.

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      • Mark S.Smith

        Mark S Smith is an American journalist and writer now based in south Florida, after living for many years in Europe He is the former Deputy Business Editor of The Herald newspaper in Scotland and is the recipient of a prestigious Scottish Arts Council Award Mark S Smith was born in Los Angeles, California, was schooled in both the U.S and the U.K and has traveled extensively as a journalist and writer throughout Europe, the U.S and parts of the Middle East, Asia and South America He has written literally thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, and is the author of the acclaimed historical personal work, Treblinka Survivor The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling, and the novel, Masel He is also the co author of How to Make Money With Commodities.


    1. A combination memoir and biography. As a child the author, Mark Smith, was friends with the sons of Hershl Sperling. Hershl, at fifteen, was one of less than 100 or so people to come out alive from the Treblinka Extermination Camp, where almost a million people were killed, including his entire family. After Treblinka he passed through a series of Nazi camps and with ingenuity, courage and a lot of luck, survived them all. He had in my opinion one of the worst Holocaust experiences I have EVER h [...]

    2. One day I expect to read a book about the Holocaust, put it down afterwards and conclude that I gained almost nothing from it, whether in terms of new information or simply in terms of dealing with it. I am pleased to say that this was not that book.The first thing to say is that this is not one of those tedious books in which a hack 'historian' merely rehashes a single primary source, padding it out with worthless verbiage, and then effectively claims it as their own. Mark Smith has put far mor [...]

    3. I began the journey through Treblinka Survivor in a most unusual way. The author, Mark S. Smith, is my friend on but I acknowledge that it is often God who directs the course of my studies, most recently of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore it is with divine intervention that this particular book arrived into my hands. The cover is hauntingly beautiful in design. A torn photograph of Hershl Sperling, whose story is to be told, is superimposed upon rusting remnants of an earlier photograph: Nazi [...]

    4. TREBLINKA SURVIVOR: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HERSHL SPERLINGTHIS BOOK TELLS HOW ONE MAN SURVIVED SEVEN NAZI CAMPS…ONLY TO JUMP TO HIS DEATH 50 YEARS LATER FROM A BRIDGE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN SCOTLANDR Hershl Sperling in the far away city of Glasgow, surviving was a daily curse.Mr Sperling, a Polish Jew who settled in Scotland after the war, survived seven Nazi camps including the notorious extermination centre at Treblinka.Between 1939 and 1945, he withstood everything the Nazis could throw [...]

    5. "'Auschwitz was nothing', he used to say 'Auschwitz was a holiday camp'. How terrible was the hell of Treblinka if Auschwitz had been nothing to him?"This book tells the story of the life and death of Hershl Sperling. Hershl survived seven concentration/death camps. The book was written after his suicide (no spoiler here) by a friend of his sons. The author who knew Hershl from his childhood tried to follow Hershl's life according to various sources of information.The research is good and gives [...]

    6. "Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling" by Mark S. Smith is a great book. It gives the personal account of a camp survivor: His life in Poland before the war and almost more importantly, his life since his liberation.Told both in his own words in an appendix and told by the author as he researches and discovers the life of Hershl Sperling it covers a broad range of issues. Smith travels to Europe several times to get a picture of the past and discovers a present that is far f [...]

    7. A powerful and important book - perhaps more so for non-Jews. Apart from documenting insane cruelty and systematic murder on a terrifying scale, Mark Smith's work is a simple plea for decency (which he doesn't really expect to find). Only the stoniest heart will fail to be moved and haunted by this story. Afterward, you will want to find Mark Smith and the sons of the titular survivor (who really wasn't a survivor at all) and hug them close.

    8. As with every book you read about the Holocaust, you are left feeling spent. Emotionally exhausted. Written by Mark S. Smith, this book tells the life story of Holocaust survivor Hershl Sperling. Mr. Sperling was one of only 67 people who survived the Treblinka extermination camp in eastern Poland. The author was a childhood friend of the Sperling family and had a close relationship with his two sons. It is this perspective—that of the family of a survivor—that is unique and interesting. Mr. [...]

    9. This book is incredible and although difficult to read, I am glad that I have read it. A full six months after I finished it, I continue to think about this story and look forward to reading more of the author's works. An excerpt from my review on A Passion to Understand: "Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling is an extremely well-written book. It is an authentic historical account and not dry as one might imagine, but highly readable. Having said that, there were parts that [...]

    10. Treblinka Survivor, by Mark S. Smith, is based on a 22-page document by Hershl Sperling. At the age of 15, Sperling was shoved into a railroad car and sent to the Nazi death camp. His family, along with 800,000 other Jews who stumbled through Treblinka’s gates, were slaughtered. Sperling was one of the lucky few who escaped, to be shuttled from one concentration camp to another. He described them as ‘summer camps’ in comparison with Treblinka.Sperling’s stark description of unspeakable e [...]

    11. Oh my goodness! What Hershl Sperling survived, or did he? This account is written by a friend of Hershl's son. Mark Smith went back to document and revisit the life of Hershl. Smith comments on his emotions, the emotions of his friends, Hershl's sons, Alan & Sam. The book is not just about surviving, but the effects of that survival upon the spouse, the children and the individual. The introduction was written by Sam Sperling and he poignantly states " is about all people and their right to [...]

    12. Excellent book. Brilliant insight to what went on throughout the war in the camps as well as how certain survivors coped afterwards. The authors journey though years later visiting all the places was still quite haunting. Makes you wonder whether the people that were killed were the lucky ones as the aftermath for many survivors and their families is in itself a living hell. Shocking that so many people don't want to remember or talk about it. It's definitely a major part of history that we shou [...]

    13. This is not a book for the faint hearted. But it is a Holocaust book, so that is to be expected. A reminder that the world went crazy and drove people to madness can never be an easy read.

    14. An important piece of history is revealed in this work. For that, we owe thanks to the author, Mark. S. Smith, the Sperling family, and everyone that supported the creation of this book.

    15. A quadruple memoir of the author, the subject, and the subject's two sons' reaction to the process of the author's research. Sperling had an incredible life and ignominious death. We must keep these stories alive.

    16. The book is repetitive at times, but it is well researched and shows the author’s deep attachment to the Sperling family. Although Mr. Smith’s conclusions are basically only suppositions because few facts are available, he does lead the reader on a logical and straightforward path as he presents a fount of historic information about the annihilation of the Polish Jews, and although he cannot walk in Hershl’s shoes in order to better understand Hershl’s destiny, the author attempts to fol [...]

    17. Having read scores of Holocaust testimonies and biographies, I didn't think that this one would be that much different. But it is. The author, through years of painstaking research and visits to eastern Europe has succeeded in an in-depth examination of what happens to the life of a someone who endured the most cruel death camp of all (70 people survived out of nearly a million people who were transported there). Smith had a unique perspective, as he was close to Sperling's family and the very s [...]

    18. This book gives great insight into a less publicized death camp, as well as the effects that still remain in the European countries today. It also explores how these kinds of traumas can ultimately be passed on to your offspring, showing how important it is for us to remember and find ways to improve the world we live in.

    19. I debated for a bit on whether or not to give this book four or five stars. Eventually, I decided on five, because Sperling's story is incredible.

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