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.
Acerca de Nicholas Chare
Nicholas Chare is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal.
Acerca de Dominic Williams
Dominic Williams is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Northumbria University.