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The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando

Author: Rebecca Fromer; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1993.
Series: Judaic studies series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Daniel Bennahmias was hardly more than a boy when he and his family were herded onto the death train that would transport them from their home in Greece to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, Birkenau. His parents were exterminated immediately upon arrival, but Danny managed to survive. Because of his strength, the youthful prisoner was recruited by the Germans to become a member of a Sonderkommando unit, its
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Fromer, Rebecca.
Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)622820054
Named Person: Daniel Bennahmias; Daniel Bennahmias; Daniel Bennahmias
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Fromer; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 081730598X 9780817305987 0817350411 9780817350413
OCLC Number: 26303525
Description: xxviii, 151 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Greeks in Auschwitz / Steven B. Bowman --
I. The Shock of Recognition --
II. The Absence of Light --
III. The Unfolding Debacle --
IV. The First Incarcerations --
V. The Withdrawal --
VI. The Selection --
VII. The Process of Annihilation --
VIII. The Smile --
X. The Questions --
X. The Revolt --
XI. The Death March --
XII. The Reunion --
XII. The Return.
Series Title: Judaic studies series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Rebecca Camhi Fromer ; with an introduction by Steven B. Bowman.

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