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We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Gideon Greif

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The Sonderkommando of Auschwitz-Birkenau consisted primarily of Jewish prisoners forced by the Germans to facilitate the mass extermination. Though never involved in the killing itself, they were ... More


The Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau: Portrait and Self-Image

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This book tells the tragedy of the Sonderkommando, work units of prisoners, composed almost entirely of Jews, who were forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of masses of Jews killed in gas ... More


Josef Sackar: “To Survive, so the Truth Would Come Out”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Josef Sackar, one of the surviving members of the Sonderkommando, who were forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the ... More


Abraham and Shlomo Dragon: “Together—in Despair and in Hope”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Shlomo Dragon and his brother, Abraham, who were among the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers ... More


Ya'akov Gabai: “I'll Get Out of Here!”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Ya'akov Gabai, one of the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau ... More


Eliezer Eisenschmidt: “Thanks to One Polish Family …”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Eliezer Eisenschmidt, one of the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau ... More


Shaul Chazan: “Life Didn't Matter Anymore, Death Was Too Close”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Shaul Chazan, one of the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau ... More


Leon Cohen: “We Were Dehumanized, We Were Robots”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Leon Cohen, one of the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau ... More


Ya'akov Silberberg: “One Day in the Crematorium Felt Like a Year”

Gideon Greif

in We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106510
eISBN:
9780300131987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106510.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter presents an interview with Ya'akov Silberberg, one of the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau ... More


The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: From Commemoration to Education

Teresa Świebocka

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13: Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774600
eISBN:
9781800340701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter highlights the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The great majority of those who began to create the museum in 1947 were former prisoners of Auschwitz and other camps. They recognized ... More


Concentration Camps

Zoë Waxman

in Women in the Holocaust: A Feminist History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199608683
eISBN:
9780191829109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608683.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

On arrival at the concentration camps women were far less likely to survive the initial selection than men. Pregnant women as well as women accompanied by young children or those deemed incapable of ... More


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