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Matters of testimony : interpreting the scrolls of Auschwitz

Author: Nicholas Chare; Dominic Williams
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Berghahn, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1944, members of the Sonderkommando-the "special squads, " composed almost exclusively of Jewish prisoners, who ensured the smooth operation of the gas chambers and had firsthand knowledge of the extermination process-buried on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau a series of remarkable eyewitness accounts of Nazi genocide. This careful and penetrating study examines anew these "Scrolls of Auschwitz, " which were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Chare; Dominic Williams
ISBN: 9781782389989 1782389989 9781785333521 1785333526 9781782389996 1782389997
OCLC Number: 936526248
Description: x, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: matters of testimony --
Matters of history --
Zalman Gradowski: literature in the death factory --
Scattered selves: the stories of Leyb Langfus --
Final arrangements: Zalman Lewental's histories of resistance --
Characters and letters: Chaim Herman and Marcel Nadjary --
The camera eye: four photographs from Birkenau --
Conclusion: crossing the circle of flame.
Responsibility: Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams.

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In 1944, a number of Sonderkommando-"special squads" of Jewish prisoners who kept the gas chambers running smoothly-buried on the grounds of Auschwitz a series of remarkable eyewitness accounts. This  Read more...

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"This is a major book that changes the field. It is a brilliant and original work of superb historical research and profoundly affecting cultural analysis." * Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds

 
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