The Auschwitz Sonderkommando: Testimonies, Histories, Representations by Nicholas ChareThe Auschwitz Sonderkommando: Testimonies, Histories, Representations by Nicholas Chare

The Auschwitz Sonderkommando: Testimonies, Histories, Representations

byNicholas Chare, Dominic Williams

Hardcover | February 25, 2019

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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 filmShoahby 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.

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 inContemporary Women's Writing,RACARandHolocaust Studies. He is co-edi...
Title:The Auschwitz Sonderkommando: Testimonies, Histories, RepresentationsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:278 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 25, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030114902

ISBN - 13:9783030114909


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Figuring the Sonderkommando in History.- Chapter 2. Acts of Deposition: Gender and Testimony in the Scrolls of Auschwitz.- Chapter 3. Tragic Pictures: The Sonderkommando and their Photographs.- Chapter 4. The Trials of Witnessing: Legal Testimony and the Sonderkommando.- Chapter 5. Figure Studies from the Grey Zone: David Olère.- Chapter 6.- Matters of Video Testimony.- Chapter 7. The Voice of Bronze: Filip Müller andShoah.