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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Death Books from Auschwitz: Remnants

Death Books from Auschwitz: Remnants

Vol. i: Reports; vol. ii: Index of Names A–L; vol. iii: Index of Names M–Z

Edited by Jerzy Dębski, Sybille Goldmann, Halina Jastrzębska, Stephanie Kreushage, Anna Laczmańska, Anna Odi, Jan Parcer

for the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau

(New Providence, London, Paris: K. G. Saur, 1995); vol. i, pp. 2921214 illus.; vol. ii, pp. 460; vol. iii, pp. 900

Death Books from Auschwitz: Remnants
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Jolanta Ambrosiewicz-Jacobs

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Death Books from Auschwitz: Remnants, an extraordinary work published in Polish, English, and German versions. The three volumes are dedicated to the memory of ‘those whose names we know, and those of whom only ashes remain’. Volume I includes articles by well-known former prisoners of Auschwitz which shed light on camp reality, the functioning of the SS administration, and the ways in which evidence of Auschwitz atrocities was eliminated. The volume opens with a foreword by Władysław Bartoszewski, analysing Auschwitz as a symbol for Jews, Poles, and Germans, and reflecting on his own memories and motivations: ‘never more would I stand helpless before evil’. The last part of Volume i combines prisoner photographs and photographs of various camp records in a dramatic comparison of sources on Auschwitz. Volumes II and III of the Death Books, the ‘index of names’, lists the names of murdered people.

Keywords:   Auschwitz, Jewish prisoners, SS administration, Auschwitz atrocities, Jews, Poles, Germans

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