Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz / Edition 1by Shlomo Venezia, Beatrice Prasquier, Simone Veil, Andrew Brown
Pub. Date: 02/09/2009
It is usual to imagine that none of those who went into the gas chambers at Auschwitz ever emerged to tell their tale - but, as a 'Sonderkommando', Shlomo Venezia was given this horrific privilege. He knew that, having witnessed the unspeakable, he in turn would probably be eliminated by the SS in case he ever told his tale. He survived: this is his story.
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Table of Contents
Preface (Simone Veil).
Note (Béatrice Prasquier).
I. Life in Greece before the Deportation.
II. The First Month in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
III. Sonderkommando: Initiation.
IV. Sonderkommando: The Work Continues.
V. The Revolt of the Sonderkommando and the Dismantling of the Crematoria.
VI. Mauthausen, Melk, and Ebensee.
The Shoah, Auschwitz and the Sonderkommando (Marcello Pezzetti).
Italy in Greece: A Short History of a Major Failure (Umberto Gentiloni).
About David Olère.
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Imagine that you were Shlomo, a prisoner in a concentration camp. Every day you are forced at gunpoint to assist hundreds of people into the gas chambers. After the people are herded into the gas chambers you drop the poisonous Zyklon B which causes everyone in the chamber to die within fifteen minutes. After you take anything of value off them you have to pull them over to the crematorium oven. When the dead bodies are put into the oven you see the smoke and smell the incinerated flesh. These experiences never will leave your mind and you will relive many of the encounters again in your mind. Shlomo Venezia put it well in his book "What was destroyed in you by that extreme experience? Life. Since then I've never had a normal life. everything takes me back to the camp.nobody ever really gets out of the Crematorium" Shlomo Venezia is just one of many people that were involuntarily put to work gassing and burning the victims of Hitler's regime. His book is an outstanding way to help people to better understand what actually happened in the inside of the camp where only a few people could venture. Elie Wiesel, a fellow concentration camp survivor said "This Holocaust survivor's testimony like all others will be read with fear and trembling." This book really makes you think about your life and what could have happened to you. What would you do if you were forced to kill then dispose of thousands of human beings?