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The Cap - The Price of a Life (2000)
Front Cover Book Details
Genre Non-Fiction
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Personal narratives; Jews - Biography
Publication Date February 2000
Format Hardcover (9.3 x 5.7 mm)
Publisher Grove Pr
Language English
Extras Dust Jacket; Dust Jacket Cover
Uncompromisingly frank and unsparing, The Cap is an unconventional Holocaust memoir that defies all moral judgment and ventures into the darkest terrain imaginable, that of a soul blackened by the unforgiving cruelty of its surroundings. Roman Frister's memoir of his life before, during, and after his imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps sparked enormous controversy upon its publication in Israel and went on to become an international best-seller. With bone-chilling candor, Frister illustrates how the impulse to live unhinges all our comfortable notions of morality, blurring the boundary between victim and oppressor, dissociating heroism from survival, and leaving absolutely no room for martyrdom.

By the time Roman Frister was sixteen years old, he had watched an enraged S.S. officer crush his mother's skull and had felt her body grow cold beneath him. He had waited with unmasked eagerness for his father to expire in a camp infirmary, aware that there was a half loaf of bread hidden beneath the dying man's lice-infested cot. When confronted with certain death, he had knowingly placed another inmate in harm's way in the interest of sparing his own life, and never looked back. Frister's resilience and his unequivocal instinct for self-preservation became the source of all his successes and failures throughout his life. Chilling and unsentimental, The Cap is that rare and unadorned self-portrait of a man not content to look at himself in only a flattering light, a man willing to bring all his scars into full view. And reflected in stark relief are the indelible wounds of all twentieth-century European Jews, as well as the rubble of the most brutal epoch in recent memory, from which the Jewish homeland was cobbled under the flag of Zionism. An exceptional and groundbreaking testimony, The Cap is already an international sensation and is destined to be a classic.

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LoC Classification DS135.P63F75413 1999
Dewey 892.4/36
ISBN 0802116590
Edition [1st ed.]
Cover Price $25.00
No. of Pages 384
First Edition Yes
Rare No
Translator Hillel Halkin