Country of Ash

  • by Edward Reicher, Magda Bogin (translator)
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robert Blumenfeld
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Country of Ash is the starkly compelling, original chronicle of a Jewish doctor who miraculously survived near-certain death, first inside the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, where he was forced to treat the Gestapo, then on the Aryan side of Warsaw, where he hid under numerous disguises. He clandestinely recorded the terrible events he witnessed, but his manuscript disappeared during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After the war, reunited with his wife and young daughter, he rewrote his story.


What the Critics Say

"[Dr. Reicher] lived through the Second World War in Poland, dodging bullets, uprisings,and deportations - to mention betrayal, starvation and airless hideouts in a manner more reminiscent of a talented outlaw than a mild-mannered dermatologist.... It is the impressive simplicity of the good doctor’s writing that makes [t]his book resemble [Victor] Klemperer’s, and the detailed observations of its report that makes it emotionally memorable.... William Carlos Williams once said that people who prize information are perishing daily for want of the information that can be found only in poetry. By the same token, there will never be a time when we will not need the information that an important, evocative book like Country of Ash provides." (Vivian Gornick, Moment magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Truly amazing story!

If you could sum up Country of Ash in three words, what would they be?

Almost unbelievable!

What did you like best about this story?

Incredible how many times this doctor dodges death. One of the best stories of that horrible time.

What about Suzanne Toren and Robert Blumenfeld ’s performance did you like?

Don't be fooled Suzanne Toren does not narrate this book just the intro. Blumenfelds performance is one of the oddest sometimes funny narrators I've listened to. I almost didn't continue because of it but so glad I did.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes! I kept thinking he'll never escape this one and was awed when he did.

Any additional comments?

Once you get used to narration anyone should love this book. I've listened to many great books about the Holocaust, but this is very different. Totally enjoyable listen, albeit sad as they all are.

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- B Rose

Amazing! Heartbreaking...History

Real living history told through the eyes of an eyewitness.
World War II from the Polish side, from the Jewish Polish side.
Important information for the younger generation to hear.
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- Happyhomaker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios