Vasilii Grossman: Treblinskii ad [The Hell of Treblinka] (1394 words)


Vasilii Grossman’s long and powerful article is one of the first published accounts of a Nazi death camp in any language. Grossman was with the Red Army when it reached Treblinka in mid-August 1944; his article is dated September 1944, and it was published in the November 1944 issue of the journal Znamia.

“The Hell of Treblinka” was quickly translated into a number of languages – English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Romanian and Yiddish in 1945, and Polish and Slovenian in 1946. It was also published in tandem with other accounts: in Germany in 1945, along with a report on Majdanek by the Soviet poet and novelist Konstantin Simonov; and in Buenos Aries in 1946, along with a testimony in …

Citation: Chandler, Robert. "Treblinskii ad". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 November 2018 [, accessed 09 December 2022.]

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