The Sonderkommando—the “special squad” of enslaved Jewish laborers who were forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau—comprise one of the most fascinating and troubling topics within Holocaust history. As eyewitnesses to and unwilling abettors of the murder of their fellow Jews, they are the object of fierce condemnation even today. Yet it was a group of these seemingly compromised men who carried out the revolt of October 7, 1944, one of the most celebrated acts of Holocaust resistance. This interdisciplinary collection assembles careful investigations into how the Sonderkommando have been represented—by themselves and by others—both during and after the Holocaust.
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.