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An uncompromising account of the bloody persecution of the Jews, and others, in the Ukraine and the terrors of the Nazi death camps will shock and horrify many readers. All the events are as told by one of the survivors, Carl the main character in the book (although that was not his real name). The horror is real, the story is real, and it is as accurate as he, an old man when he related it in full, could remember it. There are no heroes here, only those who did whatever they needed to do to survive.

Carl was no gentleman and few people liked him, but in his life he had survived more horrors than most people could even imagine. As a Jew in the Ukraine during the Nazi occupation, he had been forced to become one of the sonderkommando, a member of a clean-up squad in a death camp, and yet he had not only survived but eventually also managed to take the opportunity to fight back.

Through a strange twist of fate, Carl and his small band of thugs may have changed the course of the war, but in an uncharacteristic act of kindness Carl might also have unwittingly helped millions of people in a very different type of war that is still being fought today.

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