Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz

Inside the Gas Chambers Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz This is a unique eye witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine Slomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish Italian community living in Thessaloniki Greece A

  • Title: Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz
  • Author: Shlomo Venezia
  • ISBN: 9780745643847
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a unique, eye witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine Slomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece At first, the occupying Italians protected his family but when the Germans invaded, the Venezias were deported to Auschwitz His mother and sisters disappeared on arrival, aThis is a unique, eye witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine Slomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece At first, the occupying Italians protected his family but when the Germans invaded, the Venezias were deported to Auschwitz His mother and sisters disappeared on arrival, and he learned, at first with disbelief, that they had almost certainly been gassed Given the chance to earn a little extra bread, he agreed to become a Sonderkommando , without realising what this entailed He soon found himself a member of the special unit responsible for removing the corpses from the gas chambers and burning their bodies.Dispassionately, he details the grim round of daily tasks, evokes the terror inspired by the man in charge of the crematoria, Angel of Death Otto Moll, and recounts the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape, including the revolt of October 1944.It is usual to imagine that none of those who went into the gas chambers at Auschwitz ever emerged to tell their tale but, as a member of a Sonderkommando , Shlomo Venezia was given this horrific privilege He knew that, having witnessed the unspeakable, he in turn would probably be eliminated by the SS in case he ever told his tale He survived this is his story Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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    1. Shlomo Venezia

      Shlomo Venezia was a Greek born Italian Jew He was a survivor of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp.Venezia was born in Thessaloniki, where he was arrested with his family in March 1944 they were deported to the extermination camp at Auschwitz Birkenau, one of the three main camps that made up the Auschwitz complex During the selection made by Nazi doctors to separate deportees deemed fit to work from those useless , which were immediately sent to the gas chambers, Venezia was saved along with his brother Maurice Morris and two cousins During his imprisonment he was forced to work in the Sonderkommando special units , teams of inmates that dealt with disposal and cremation of the prisoners killed in gas chambers The members of these teams were killed to keep the secret about the conduct of the Final Solution the systematic extermination of the Jewish people.Venezia was one of the very few who survived the Sonderkommando corv es, and the only Italian among them he published his recollections in a memoir published by Rizzoli in October 2007, Sonderkommando Auschwitz He died in 2012, aged 88, in Rome.

    733 thoughts on “Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz”

    1. I wasn’t sure how the interview format would work, but it created a wonderful account, better, I think, than if Shlomo Venezia had sat down and written the book on his own. It helped that this man was able to speak in great depth; many of the passages are long.This really is his autobiography, as he starts with his childhood in Greece, and tells quite a bit about his early life and his family, who were originally from Italy.He’s ruthlessly honest and I appreciated that, about himself, about [...]


    2. This book contains a very important series of interviews with Shlomo Venezia, who was deported, with his family, from Greece and sent to Auschwitz. Shlomo Venezia’s family were originally of Spanish origin. When Jewish citizens were expelled from Spain in 1492, his descendents arrived in Greece, via Italy. His Italian citizenship was important as he was fairly safe while Italians were in Greece – he was, as he says, an Italian ‘above a Jew.’ However, once the Germans arrived in Greece, a [...]


    3. "Trabalhar" nas câmaras de gásNascido em território grego, onde foi capturado juntamente com a sua família em Março de 1944, publicou o seu livro de memórias em 2007. Faleceu no ano de 2012 em Itália, Roma. Shlomo Venezia foi o único judeu italiano do Sonderkommando a sobreviver a Auschwitz-Birkenau. Shlomo conta ao mundo, em formato de entrevista, a realidade daquele "super comando" criado para eliminar os vestígios das câmaras de gás. Pese embora melhor tratados pelos oficiais alem [...]



    4. Opinião aqui:baudatanocasspo/sonPara mim, este foi o pior relato acerca do Holocausto que eu alguma vez li até hoje


    5. The only thing that stands in the way of a 5 star rating is Schlomo Venezia's self-discipline in the face of the historical method. He refuses to speculate on everything he wasn't an eyewitness to. His testimony to the legendary Sondernkommando uprising of '44 suffers for it, but otherwise he gives incomparable insight into one of the most intruiging aspects of life in Birkenau. The story of his youth in Greece touches upon a different sort of occupation, dictated by the deterioration of the Ger [...]


    6. An extremely harrowing read that takes the reader into a world of unimaginable horror. A truly humbling experience I would like to thank the author for the courage shown to share this important cautionary tale of what the worse man is capable of. I am an avid reader or World War II history and never has a book touched and shaken me as this one has. With that in mind I am glad I did read this book an would encourage all to take the journey as well. Nothing can make up for the wrongs visited upon [...]


    7. This is an amazing story told 60+ years after the fact. It's written "interview-style" where she ask him questions and he gives detailed answers. He didn't tell his story for many years, but finally felt comfortable to share his experience and I'm glad he did. Not may sonderkommand's lived to tell their stories It's tragic and heart wrenching for sure. A definite book for anyone interested in the Holocaust as it's a perspective that I hadn't read or understood before.


    8.    What perhaps makes this “easier” to read is that it is presented in an interview format – Schlomo Venezia is recounting his story, and you can hear it in the (translated) text, in how conversational it is. And yet, it is also just the slightest bit distant – the distance necessary to be able to recount such horrors time and time again, the distance that allows one to relive it, have it surround one, without completely reconsuming him or her. The interviewer’s questions help direc [...]


    9. E' solo per stomaci forti questa testimonianza dell'inferno dei lager. Ed è una testimonianza particolare, perchè Shlomo Venezia non era un internato qualsiasi: faceva infatti parte del Sonderkommando, la squadra addetta all'accompagnamento dei prigionieri alle camere a gas e al trasporto dei cadaveri nei forni crematori. Un lavoro tremendo, straziante, svolto tuttavia con triste regolarità fino a che è diventato abitudine. Shlomo Venezia è testimone di fatti ed azioni davvero incredibili, [...]


    10. This is by far the hardest book I have ever read. I almost gave up at one point but what kept me going was my wanting to find out how the author escaped to tell this important but horrific story. The details are very graphic and I think what surprized me most was that the gass that was used in the extermination of so many innocent lives, including women, children and even babies, was not one that leant itself to a humane death at all. I also hadn't thought about the magnitude of disposing of so [...]


    11. So many things to say about this bookFirst, this is not what I would categorize as a "beginner" memoir for Holocaust readers. It is probably the single most graphic book I have ever read; I found (quite literally) that eating anything while reading this was not a good idea. On a larger level, this isn't a good "beginner" choice because Mr. Venezia does not provide much in the way of larger context for his story, so unless you already know a fair bit about the structures of the Holocaust, it's go [...]


    12. Somehow reading this book made me feel ashamed. As if just being part of humanity makes me partly guilty of this horrendous story of cruelty and systematic destruction. It is a difficult book to read and the pictures are haunting, but the holocaust is a part of my cultural heritage, part of the world that I live in. People like Shlomo Venezia deserve to be heard and not forgotten, no matter how unpleasant it may be.I was not previously familiar with the Sonderkommando, the unit forced by the Naz [...]


    13. Un libro necesario a la vez que horrorífico.Aporta bastante información desde dentro, desde el punto de vista de un prisionero del campo, pero es un libro bastante corto y me he quedado con ganas de más.Muy interesantes los apéndices históricos que ponen en contexto la vida de Shlomo.


    14. O relato de um judeu que sobreviveu ao holocausto e passou pelo inferno em Birkenau, sendo obrigado a trabalhar nas câmaras de gás, que exterminaram milhões de compatriotas seus.


    15. Letto in un paio di ore.Non ho trovato in questo libro la dignità che invece abbondava nel libro e nei ricordi di Primo Levi di " Se questo è un uomo".Nel racconto di Shlomo Venezia c'è tanto,troppo di non detto .Non mi è piaciuto il suo ruolo nel campo, e se qualcuno obietta che l'alternativa era la morte, allora meglio la morte. Che è la scelta che altri hanno fatto


    16. About 90 members of the Jewish prisoner Sonderkommandos - whose jobs were to supervise the undressing of people before they were led into the gas chambers at Auschwitz, to clear out the corpses, remove hair and teeth from them, and carry them to the ovens or burn them in open pits (having ground their larger bones first) - managed to survive the war. Many of them, perhaps fearing (albeit wrongly) that they would be accused of collaboration in the murders of over a million people, kept their sile [...]


    17. The book is a true story of what it was like to be a sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Sonderkommando was a male Jewish prisoner who had to escort other prisoners to the gas chambers, clean the chambers afterwards and burn the bodies. I read the book in Finnish (there's not an English version available yet), so I'll write the review in Finnish.Eli kirja on Shlomo Venezian tarina kokemuksistaan sonderkommandona Auschwitz-Birkenaun keskitysleirillä. Sonderkommando oli juutalainen miesvanki, j [...]


    18. 27 gennaio 2014 - Giorno della MemoriaDa qualche anno ho deciso di celebrare la giornata della memoria, il 27 gennaio, leggendo un libro che ricordi la Shoah. Quest'anno, in un periodo storico in cui il negazionismo sembra farsi largo sempre più prepotentemente, ho deciso di leggere «Sonderkommando Auschwitz» di Shlomo Venezia, perché il rischio di dimenticare, dopo che l'ultimo testimone oculare se ne sarà andato, sarà sempre in agguato, e soprattutto perché, come scriveva Hannah Arendt, [...]


    19. I liked the 'interview format' writing style. By sheer luck, Shlomo Venezia survived the death camps because he was healthy, smart and captured late in the war (in 1944). His eye witness testimony and candid remarks about his counterparts and captors make htis story very real. Most interesting was that he kept silent about his death camp until 1992. After the war, no one wanted to hear about life in the camps.


    20. Come raccontare i Sonderkommando? Primo Levi ne "I sommersi e i salvati" analizza molto bene la crudelt�� nazista di voler coinvolgere le vittime nel crimine che stavano perpetrando, per non lasciare agli ebrei nemmeno il sollievo di essere vittime innocenti - ed �� per questo che capisco come mai Shlomo Venezia abbia taciuto per tanti anni su quanto ha vissuto a Birkenau.


    21. This is the most informative/haunting book about the holocaust that I've read. I really connected with the author, as this is his first-hand account of what he went through. It was definitely a tough read, but I learned so much! Definitely not for light reading, but if you want a little more history, here you go


    22. Just like my Native American books everyone should read this book. It is not for the faint of heart. Just knowig that Shlomo got out alive after all the atrocities he had to endure and what he had to do in the gas chambers is unreal. It's very sad and I just can not understand all of the evil in the world. It's so much worse than we will ever know


    23. Entretien avec un survivant des Sonderkommando, les Kommando de déportés chargés de vider les chambres à gaz et de brûler les corps. Un témoignage édifiant, qui peut nous sembler incroyable et pourtant c'était vrai. A lire et faire lire, pour ne pas oublier.




    24. Finished this book this week. This is another remarkable book wrote by a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz. The men of the Sonderkommando didn't last long and were killed themselves and replaced with a new batch. The Nazis didn't want anyone knowing too much and being witnesses to the extermination they were committing. I have only read one other account of a Auschwitz Sonderkommando survivor. They are very rare. Shlomo was an Italian Jew that lived in Greece. Being an Italian Jew, his f [...]


    25. - RICORDARE PER NON DIMENTICARE -Questo libro l'ho letto due volte (la II è stata quando ho dato un esame di storia contemporanea all'università). In modo nudo e crudo Shlomo Venezia ci riporta a vivere, insieme a lui, quei "maledetti" giorni nel campo di concentramento di Auschwitz. Lui lavorava nel comando speciale del campo e ricopriva una delle mansioni più terribili che potesse essere affidata a un uomo: estrarre i corpi morti dalle camera a gas e inserirli nei forni crematori.Un libro c [...]


    26. I can only thank mister Shlomo Venezia for his courage and honesty in telling his terrible story and Béatrice Pasquier for her interest and her work. The historical notes at the end by Marcello Pezzetti and Umberto Gentiloni Silveri are the best I have read in terms of summarizing and explaining Nazi and Italian fascist antisemitism, really good.


    27. Wow, that is most of what I can say about this book.It was not what i was expecting to be completely honest, but was even better. The interview format of the book gives even a most personal feeling to every single Word and experience; it is not like other books written in novel format, which are also great in my opinion, but this one got me even more hooked and taught me so mcuh more of what I was expecting. A wonderful book, with an amazing story and so much feelings between those pages for eve [...]


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