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Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz

Author: Shlomo VeneziaBéatrice PrasquierSimone VeilMarcello PezzettiUmberto GentiloniAll authors
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2015. ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. Shlomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish-Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece. At first, the occupying Italians protected his family; but when the Germans invaded, the Venezias were deported to Auschwitz. His mother and sisters disappeared on arrival, and he learned, at first with disbelief,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Italian
Named Person: Shlomo Venezia; Shlomo Venezia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shlomo Venezia; Béatrice Prasquier; Simone Veil; Marcello Pezzetti; Umberto Gentiloni; Jean Mouttapa; Andrew Brown; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
ISBN: 0745643841 9780745643847 9780745643830 0745643833
OCLC Number: 911900146
Notes: "Published in Association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum."
"First published in French as Sonderkommando---Dans l'enfer des chambres à gaz © Éditions Albin Michel S.A.-Paris, 2007."
Description: xv, 202 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Life in Greece before the deportation --
The first month in Auschwitz-Birkenau --
Sonderkommando: initiation --
Sonderkommando: the work continues --
The Revolt of the Sonderkommando and the dismantling of the crematoria --
Mauthausen, Melk, and Ebensee --
Historical notes: The Shoah, Auschwitz, and the Sonderkommando / Marcello Pezzetti --
Italy in Greece: a short history of a major failure / Umberto Gentiloni --
About David Olère / Jean Mouttapa.
Other Titles: Sonderkommando.
Responsibility: Shlomo Venezia in collaboration with Béatrice Prasquier ; foreword by Simone Veil ; historical notes and additional material by Marcello Pezzetti and Umberto Gentiloni ; edited by Jean Mouttapa ; translated by Andrew Brown.

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This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. Slomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish-Italian community living in Thessaloniki,  Read more...

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"'A unique participant's account of everyday death and life,' the jacket says. That sense of existential inversion is what comes across most strongly in this book, more strongly than even Levi's Read more...

 
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