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The Auschwitz Sonderkommando : testimonies, histories, representations

Author: Nicholas Chare
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, [2019] ©2019
Series: Holocaust and its contexts.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is the first to bring together analyses of the full range of post-war testimony given by survivors of the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Auschwitz Sonderkommando were slave labourers in the gas chambers and crematoria, forced to process and dispose of the bodies of those who were murdered. They have been central to a number of key topics in post-war debates about the Shoah: collaboration, moral  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Interviews
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Jewish
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Chare
ISBN: 3030114902 9783030114909
OCLC Number: 1078893064
Description: vii, 278 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1. Introduction: Figuring the Sonderkommando in History.- Chapter 2. Acts of Deposition: Gender and Testimony in the Scrolls of Auschwitz.- Chapter 3. Tragic Pictures: The Sonderkommando and their Photographs.- Chapter 4. The Trials of Witnessing: Legal Testimony and the Sonderkommando.- Chapter 5. Figure Studies from the Grey Zone: David Olere.- Chapter 6.- Matters of Video Testimony.- Chapter 7. The Voice of Bronze: Filip Muller and Shoah.
Series Title: Holocaust and its contexts.
Responsibility: Nicholas Chare, Dominic Williams.

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"This book is the first to bring together analyses of the full range of post-war testimony given by survivors of the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Auschwitz Sonderkommando were slave labourers in the gas chambers and crematoria, forced to process and dispose of the bodies of those who were murdered. They have been central to a number of key topics in post-war debates about the Shoah: collaboration, moral compromise and survival, resistance, representation, and the possibility of bearing witness. Their testimony however has mostly met with a reluctance to engage in depth with it. Moving from testimonies produced within the event, the Scrolls of Auschwitz and the Sonderkommando photographs, to testimonies given at trials and for video archives, and to the paintings of David Olère and the film Shoah by Claude Lanzmann, this book demonstrates the importance of their witnessing in the post-war memory of the Holocaust, and provides vital new insights into the questions of representation, memory, gender, and the Shoah."--back cover.

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