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My Just War

My Just War

by Gabriel Temkin

A remarkable story of the resilience, courage, and perseverance of a stranger in a strange land.


A remarkable story of the resilience, courage, and perseverance of a stranger in a strange land.

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YA-Unlike many books in this genre, this one tells the story of a man who did not meekly go to the gas chambers, but who fought back. Temkin fled Poland for the Soviet Union after its partition in 1939. He was drafted into the Red Army and served initially in a labor battalion, but was soon captured by the Germans. After a harrowing escape, he was rescued by the Red Army, which he joined again. During the next two years he fought in many of the campaigns that helped liberate the Ukraine, Romania, and Hungary from the Nazis. This book is not intended as an overview of the battles, but is confined to one man's observations of the cataclysmic events that would shape the world for the next 50 years. It is not for the faint-hearted, for the author describes in great detail the horrors he witnessed and the hardships he endured. His story is easy to read and is more of an oral history than a memoir. However, Temkin tends to ramble on in places and often the chapters are more stream-of-consciousness than organized narrative. A good addition to Holocaust collections.-Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Fleeing Nazi persecution, Temkin left Poland for the Soviet Union and was drafted into the Red Army. He was one of the only Polish Jews known to have served in the Red Army as a combat soldier, and his memoir is a remarkable story of resilience, courage, and perseverance. It is also a story of adventure, a Holocaust survival story, and an odyssey-like travelogue through the Russo-German war. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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