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The Resource Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz, 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

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

Label
Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz
Title
Inside the gas chambers
Title remainder
eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz
Statement of 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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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
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, 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, that they had almost certainly been gassed. Given the chance to earn a little extra bread, he agreed to become a 'Sonderkommando', without realising what this entailed. He soon found himself a member of the 'special unit' responsible for removing the corpses from the gas chambers and burning their bodies. Dispassionately, he details the grim round of daily tasks, evokes the terror inspired by the man in charge of the crematoria, 'Angel of Death' Otto Moll, and recounts the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape, including the revolt of October 1944. 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
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1923-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Venezia, Shlomo
Dewey number
  • 940.5318092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
D805.5.B57
LC item number
V4613 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Prasquier, Béatrice
  • Mouttapa, Jean
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  • Venezia, Shlomo
  • Birkenau (Concentration camp)
  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
  • Jews
  • Sonderkommandos
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Gas chambers
Label
Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz, 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
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-202)
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
Control code
ocn251891505
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
English ed.
Extent
xv, 202 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780745643830
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009275797
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz, 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
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-202)
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
Control code
ocn251891505
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
English ed.
Extent
xv, 202 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780745643830
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009275797
Other physical details
ill.

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