On August 2, 1943 prisoners of the Treblinka concentration camp, armed with stolen guns and grenades, attacked their guards, set fire to the "factory of death, " and fled into the neighboring forest. Of the six hundred prisoners who escaped in the desperate revolt, only forty survived. Village of a Million Spirits is a fictionalized account of one of the most extraordinary insurrections in history.
With breathtaking intensity Ian MacMillan narrates the Treblinka uprising in the voices of people both inside the camp and in the surrounding countryside, children and adults, victims and guards. For its staggering depiction of horror and for its sheer humanity, Village of a Million Spirits should be considered, like the novels of Levi, Wiesel, Kosinski, and Borowski, essential reading in Holocaust literature.