Stripes in the Sky

Stripes in the Sky : A Wartime Memoir

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The prisoners in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau saw stripes in the sky in August 1944, as allied bombers flew over their camp. After having destroyed a nearby industrial target, the bombers returned home, leaving the prisoners to wonder why the camp's gas chambers and crematoria had not been bombed and the factory of death destroyed. Gerhard Durlacher was one of Auschwitz's prisoners and one of its few survivors. Stripes in the Sky, his first book, reflects his personal quest to discover the reasons for the passive silence in the face of the mass destruction of European Jewry. A touching memoir of survival, from a prisoner held in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 125 x 197 x 10mm | 150g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1852422025
  • 9781852422028

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?More than an account of the horrors he suffered. It is a chronicle of his personal mission to discover why the fate of European Jews was for so long ignored... moving and angry? Sunday Times ?Stylishly crafted... finely wrought? Jewish Chronicle ?A remarkable story [that] shows that some persons even in the most extreme circumstances manage to uphold morality? Glasgow Herald
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About Gerhard Durlacher

Gerhard Durlacher was born in Germany in 1928. As a child, he fled with his family to Holland, from where he was taken to a concentration camp. After the war, he returned to Holland, where he taught sociology at the University of Amsterdam for many years. Like the writings of Primo Levi, his work constitutes an essential reflection on the Holocaust. He died in 1998.
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