The boy: a Holocaust story

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Inspired by photographs from Stroop's report on the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto, especially the photo in the center of which a young Jewish boy stands with his arms raised, presents parallel biographies of several people whose lifespan was connected with the Warsaw ghetto. The principal figures dealt with are Jürgen Stroop himself; Josef Blösche, the SS soldier who aimed his rifle at the boy in the photograph; Franz Konrad, the main plunderer of the ghetto, who later also took part in its destruction; Rivkah Trapkovits-Farber, a ghetto survivor; and the Nussbaum family - Chana and Shulim, survivors of the "Hotel Polski" affair, and their nephew Tsvi, who they claimed to be the boy in the photograph. Focuses on the period of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, including its destruction by Stroop, and Rivkah's escape from the ghetto and her survival in the Polish countryside. After the war, Stroop, Blösche, and Konrad were tried as war criminals: Stroop and Konrad in Poland in 1950, and Blösche in the GDR in 1969. Rivkah Trapkovits-Farber and the Nussbaums emigrated to Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherHill and Wang
Number of pages262
ISBN (Print)0809030713, 9780809030712
StatePublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Also about SS-general Jürgen Stroop.


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