Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz

Chare, Nicholas and Williams, Dominic (2015) Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz. Berghahn Books, New York & Oxford. ISBN 9781782389989

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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.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 14:09
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 14:09

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