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Auschwitz : true tales from a grotesque land

Author: Sara Nomberg-Przytyk; Roslyn Hirsch; Eli Pfefferkorn; David H Hirsch
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the moment I got to Auschwitz I was completely detached. I disconnected my heart and intellect in an act of self-defense, despair, and hopelessness." With these words Sara Nomberg-Przytyk begins this painful and compelling account of her experiences while imprisoned for two years in the infamous death camp. Writing twenty years after her liberation, she recreates the events of a dark past which, in her own  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Récits personnels
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nomberg-Przytyk, Sara, 1915-
Auschwitz.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1985
(OCoLC)567992462
Named Person: Sara Nomberg-Przytyk; Sara Nomberg-Przytyk; Sara Nomberg-Przytyk
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Nomberg-Przytyk; Roslyn Hirsch; Eli Pfefferkorn; David H Hirsch
ISBN: 0807816299 9780807816295 0807841609 9780807841600
OCLC Number: 11091450
Language Note: Translated from Polish.
Notes: The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Description: xii, 185 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Alienation --
Exchange --
New arrivals --
Without pity --
Death of the Zugang --
Salvation --
The roar of the beast --
The infirmary --
What kind of a person was Orli Reichert? --
The fight for Masha's life --
A plate of soup --
Erika's red triangle --
A peculiar roll call --
The block of death --
Morituri te salutant --
Marie and Odette --
Esther's first born --
Old words- new meanings --
Children --
A living torch --
The little gypsy --
Taut as a string --
The extermination of the midgets --
Natasha's triumph --
The price of life --
The lovers of Auschwitz --
The dance of the rabbis --
Revenge of a dancer --
The verdict --
Friendly meetings --
Old women --
Ilya Ehrenburg addresses us --
The new year's celebration --
The bewitched sleigh --
The camp blanket --
In pursuit of life --
The plagues of Egypt --
Without the escorts --
The first days of freedom --
The road back.
Responsibility: Sara Nomberg-Przytyk ; translated by Roslyn Hirsch ; edited by Eli Pfefferkorn and David H. Hirsch.

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