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Author Skakun, Michael.

Title On burning ground : a son's memoir / Michael Skakun.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5318092 SKAK    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 235 pages : portraits ; 25 cm
Contents Prologue I: Winter 1999 -- Prologue II: Fall 1944 -- Ch. 1. Death Selection in Novogrudek -- Ch. 2. Escape Plans -- Ch. 3. Into the Forest -- Ch. 4. Across the Nieman -- Ch. 5. Entry into Lida and Vilna -- Ch. 6. Sojourn in Sorok Tatar -- Ch. 7. Border Crossing to Berlin -- Ch. 8. Blood and Soil -- Ch. 9. Gestapo Interrogation -- Ch. 10. Enlistment in the Waffen SS -- Ch. 11. Liberation -- Ch. 12. Return -- Epilogue I: Paris -- Epilogue II: New York.
Summary On Burning Ground is the dramatic account of one man's improbable efforts to survive the Holocaust. Fleeing the slaughter in his Polish hometown of Novogrudek (Navaredok), Joseph Skakun assumes a series of false identities - first as a Christian, then as a Muslim, and finally as a recruit of the Nazi SS - in order to stay alive in the vortex of hell. Constantly fearing exposure and death, Skakun lives to see the downfall of the most brutal horror of the modern age. Finally emigrating to America, he tells his tale of nerve, dissimulation, and desperate inwardness to his son, who has recounted the tension and anguish of his father's struggle.
Weaving philosophical meditations into his father's horrific wartime story, Michael Skakun offers a personal, yet epic, account of war and bloodshed, of unspeakable cruelty and unnameable crimes. With remarkable insight, Skakun uncovers a profound locus of experience, the twinning of fear and identity, as well as the complex and tortured relationship between the abuser and the abused.
Subject Skakun, Joseph.
Waffen-SS -- Biography.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Belarus -- Navahrudak.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Belarus -- Navahrudak.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Germany.
Navahrudak (Belarus) -- Ethnic relations.
ISBN 031220566X