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Remembering survival; inside a Nazi slave-labor camp.


Remembering survival; inside a Nazi slave-labor camp.

Browning, Christopher R.

W.W. Norton


375 pages




In 1972, a war crimes trial in Germany ended in acquittal for the ex-police chief accused of liquidating the Wierzbnik ghetto, sending its residents off to Treblinka and to the Nazi slave labor camp at Starachowice. Browning (History, University of North Carolina) was appalled by that verdict, and it eventually led him to research and write this book, which uses eyewitness accounts from 292 survivors of the camp to determine what actually happened there. The author's research reveals a prison society in which the interests of prisoners and guards sometimes intersected, and where many Jews made the devil's bargain of making themselves valuable to the Nazi war effort in order to secure a better chance of survival. While this book is probably too scholarly and detailed for most readers, it is an essential work for anyone studying the Holocaust or Nazi Germany.

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