Essay about Analysis Of Thomas Blatt 's From The Ashes Of Sobibor

1517 Words Oct 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Nearly every aspect of life, for Jews and non-Jews alike, was altered by German occupation. There are the obvious changes - increased military presence, secret police, conspiracy, bribery… the list goes on. In tandem with the more ‘concrete’ parts of being occupied, there is also the way that interpersonal relations were shaped and impacted. Thomas Blatt’s From the Ashes of Sobibor provides the reader with an understanding of just how severely the daily lives of individuals were altered, interpersonally but also intrapersonally. Blatt comes into contact with many people on the path to survival. Some of these people were a great help, some provided him with a great disservice, and others managed to do both simultaneously. This memoir presents the reader with an ambivalent attitude toward non-Jewish neighbors, and this ambivalence sheds light on a much more broad moral question: can collective trauma bring out both the best and the worst in people, and what does that look like for those that are in need of aide? As mentioned above, Thomas Blatt meets a variety of different people that do or do not provide him with a variety of different things. The greatest significance of From the Ashes of Sobibor is not the black and white, bad or good characters, but rather what caused them to act the way that they did, and what this tells the reader about German-occupied Poland. Interpersonal connections between Jews and non-Jews were colored with doubt, confusion, ambivalence, and…

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