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Writing to Survive: The Testimony of the Concentration Camps

Zoe Vania Waxman

in Writing the Holocaust: Identity, Testimony, Representation

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199541546
eISBN:
9780191709739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541546.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter highlights how the conditions of the concentration camps largely militated against the writing of testimony. It looks at the few important exceptions, including the writings of the ... More


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


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


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


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


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


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


Extermination: The Second Period (1944–1945)

Patrick Montague

in Chełmno and the Holocaust: The History of Hitler's First Death Camp

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835272
eISBN:
9781469601854
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869413_montague.11
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter describes the re-establishment of the Chełmno camp after its closure in April 1943. Hans Bothmann assembled most of the members of the Sonderkommando and informed them that they would be ... More


Abnormal Deaths in a Foreign Land

in The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804755849
eISBN:
9780804772495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804755849.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

About 1.1 million men, women, and children, most of them Jews, died in Auschwitz, and no more than 60,000 survived the ordeal. Almost 11,000 Greek Jews, primarily in Auschwitz and Treblinka, suffered ... More


Making monsters

Chari Larsson

in Didi-Huberman and the Image

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781526149268
eISBN:
9781526158277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526149275.00010
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

Chapter 5 contextualises Didi-Huberman’s contribution to Holocaust discourse and the polemics that erupted following the Mémoire des camps exhibition in 2001. Didi-Huberman’s accompanying catalogue ... 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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