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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 extraordinaryOn 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....

Title : Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising
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ISBN : 9781883642846
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 260 Pages
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Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising Reviews

  • Steven
    2019-04-19 11:13

    This novel is less about the uprising itself than the actual day-to-day horror of Treblinka. It is not always easy to withstand the vivid descriptions of the atrocities the Germans and their acolytes inflicted upon their victims. From the the routine forms of Nazi executions, the classic gassings and shootings, to unthinkable atrocities perpetrated on infants and the elderly, there was no end to the executioners' barbarous imagination. Presented in short vignettes zig-zagging in time, the novel is told commencing from the train convoys arriving at the camp to the actual escape and rescue of a very few of the survivors. Some of the characters are more fleshed-out than others, with some of them narrating in the first person even as their fate is sealed in the gas chambers. It is hard to imagine that the author, who has no first-hand experience of the camps, would depict the atmosphere of the camps with such shocking realism. This might actually be the reason why he is able to do so. The survivors simply don't have the words to describe their experience.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-25 14:17

    well all know im obsessed with the holocaust....in a non creepy way. This book reminded me of that movie: escape from sobibor...which i bet 1 person on this entire site has ever even heard of bc its so random. but still. V of AMS really highlights the banality and general lack of passion felt by those who actually committed holocaust crimes and for some reason it didnt read like night or anne frank or other well known writers from this period. Prob alaso a good companion to hannah arendt.

  • Jason Patenaude
    2019-04-19 09:59

    Almost unreadable at points, it captures so well the despair and degradation of the camps. Amazing book.

  • Martha
    2019-03-31 11:20

    If you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel like you have to go on a diet but you can't stop eating ... read this book. It gets morbid by the page. I had to stop eating my chicken pie when I was going through the part when one of the characters had his pinky cut but not all way because when the torture was done it was left hanging by a skin (never mind that the chicken pie wasn't that good but that's a different story).The prose was simple and direct. I think that was what made it all the more disturbing. You won't have a hard time wrapping your head around the words trying to figure out what the author meant because every description is literal and blunt. You might learn a person can cringe more ways than one.What I didn't like about this book (other than reading about an officer grabbing an infant by the leg and bashing its head on a tree just because his mother wouldn't go into the pit) is that after about 80% of the story, the author decided to switch to first person narration. And not even all the way to the end. Just bits and pieces where one character is concerned. He wasn't even the main character until that chapter. That character was already introduced a few chapters back in third person but then all of a sudden MacMillan tells the story through this guy's point of view. It was disorienting to say the least.All in all, I thought this was just another one of those historical fiction that only stood out because of its blunt approach.

  • Linda
    2019-04-19 14:02

    Fictional story about the true story of the Treblinka Uprising at a Polish concentration camp in WWII. Told from the point of view of the prisoners working at the prison, guards and Jews on the way to the prison. Very good book but so shocking that such atrocities really happened. Very vivid descriptions of what the prisoners went through and hard to read because of that but I couldn't put it down.

  • Alyson
    2019-04-19 09:06

    Ok, I knew it was a book about a death camp when I pulled it off the library shelves, but I was still overwhelmed by the graphic violence. You can smell it. It's really well-written, there's a variety of characters -- which is cool -- but very occasionally Mr. MacMillan decides to switch from thrid- to first-person. It's not hard to figure out which character he's using, but it's annoying. Pick a point of dammit!

  • Meaghan
    2019-04-08 16:14

    NOT for the faint of heart. This is a cinematic story of the 1943 Treblinka Revolt which lead to the death camp's being shut down. Told from several points of view, it really captures the sheer banal horror of the place: the constant stench of rotting flesh, guards raping twelve-year-old girls before they're taken to the pits and shot, hiding dead people's gold teeth in your mouth. Most people couldn't handle this book. It's too real.

  • Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
    2019-04-03 08:20

    The sheer brutality--in all of its evil--is bared in this fictionalized account of an uprising that occurred in Treblinka. Told from multiple POVs, the genocide machine of the Nazis, aided by their conquered enemies, is laid out in horrible detail. I could barely read some parts, but am aware of the necessity to remember the horrors in human history.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-24 08:58

    This book was very difficult for me to read. It is so heartbreaking that I had to put it down on occasion just to breathe. That aside,it is an astonishing read in which you live the terror. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to understand the tragedy of the holocaust....just be forewarned, it's brutal.

  • Ann
    2019-03-30 14:57

    This book gets four stars for the level of it's intensity. It is extremely graphic and horrifying. If you are morbidly attracted to the holocaust as I am you will be blown away by this book.