Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz

Nicholas Chare, Dominic Williams

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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 gradually recovered, in damaged and fragmentary form, in the years following the camp’s liberation. It painstakingly reconstructs their historical context and textual content, revealing complex literary works that resist narrow moral judgment and engage difficult questions about the limits of testimony.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York & Oxford
PublisherBerghahn Books Inc.
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781782389996
ISBN (Print)9781782389989, 9781785333521
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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