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The Holocaust and its Contexts

The Auschwitz Sonderkommando

Testimonies, Histories, Representations

Authors: Chare, Nicholas, Williams, Dominic

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  • Analyses testimonies in a variety of media including art, film, literature and photography, to demonstrate the importance of the Sonderkommando for histories of the Holocaust
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  • Compares testimonies produced during the Holocaust with retrospective accounts to trace changing conceptions of the Sonderkommando and their experiences 
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  • Examines how gender influenced the experiences of the Sonderkommando and the impact this had on the forms taken by their testimonies
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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.

About the authors

Nicholas Chare is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of History of Art and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Dominic Williams is the Montague Burton Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He has published articles in Contemporary Women’s Writing, RACAR and Holocaust Studies. He is co-editor (with Fabio A. Durão) of Modernist Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008).

Together they have co-authored Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz (2016) and co-edited Representing Auschwitz: At the Margins of Testimony (Palgrave, 2013) and Testimonies of Resistance (2019).


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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Hardcover 69,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11490-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Auschwitz Sonderkommando
Book Subtitle
Testimonies, Histories, Representations
Authors
Series Title
The Holocaust and its Contexts
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11491-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11491-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11490-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 278
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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