By John Sack
The ebook they cannot Suppress no longer for sixty years has a publication been so brutally (and, after all, unsuccessfully) suppressed as a watch for a watch. One significant newspaper, one significant journal, and 3 significant publishers paid $40,000 for it yet have been scared off. One revealed 6,000 books, then pulped them. dozen publishers learn a watch for a watch and praised it. "Shocking, "Startling," "Astonishing," "Mesmerizing," "Extraordinary," they wrote to writer John Sack. "I was once rivited," "I used to be bowled over," "I love it," they wrote, yet all dozen rejected it. eventually, BasicBooks released an eye fixed for an eye fixed. It "sparked a livid controversy," acknowledged Newsweek. It turned a best-seller in Europe yet used to be so avoided in the United States that it additionally grew to become, within the phrases of latest York journal, "The publication They Dare now not Review." when you consider that then, either 60 mins and the recent York instances have corroborated what Sack wrote: that on the finish of worldwide struggle II, hundreds of thousands of Jews sought revenge for the Holocaust. They manage 1,255 focus camps for German civilians -- German males, girls, childrens and infants. There they beat, whipped, tortured and murdered the Germans. lengthy unavailable, a watch for a watch is again in a brand new, revised, up to date and illustrated version. Submitted through the writer, John Sack
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How many possessions? " How many children? " Next, Lola was asked for a résumé. In pen and ink, and with some misspellings, such as the Polish word for I, Lola wrote, "I was born in a middle-class family in Bedzin. We were eleven children, so conditions were hard. At seventeen I started work as a cutter, but the war broke out and I didn’t work long. I was married during the war, but two years later there was a great deportation and I lost my whole family. I went to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, where I went through a Gehenna," a place in the Bible, the site of some human sacrifices in Jeremiah.
Parents' address? " Brothers' and sisters' addresses? " The form didn’t ask if Lola was married, for women didn’t often apply to the Office of State Security. How many possessions? " How many children? " Next, Lola was asked for a résumé. In pen and ink, and with some misspellings, such as the Polish word for I, Lola wrote, "I was born in a middle-class family in Bedzin. We were eleven children, so conditions were hard. At seventeen I started work as a cutter, but the war broke out and I didn’t work long.
32 — John Sack : An Eye for An Eye Pinek kept mum. " But his sister's boyfriend, a sort of interrogator himself, wouln’t let up. " Pinek’s sister's boyfriend had so many questions that one or two had to hit their mark. "You're planning something, aren’t you? Are you going to hide in Bedzin? " The boy was Jewish, but he had icy eyes like the Gestapo colonel. "South America! " Pinek said. In fact, Pinek was in the partisans now. At the Kattowitz hospital, another patient, a Pole, had studied his black-and-blue blemishes, had told him, "A man who survives the Gestapo will be good for us," and had given him the address of some partisans north of Bedzin.
An Eye for an Eye: The Story of Jews Who Sought Revenge for the Holocaust by John Sack