The Resource The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando, Rebecca Camhi Fromer ; with an introduction by Steven B. Bowman

The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando, Rebecca Camhi Fromer ; with an introduction by Steven B. Bowman

Label
The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando
Title
The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Camhi Fromer ; with an introduction by Steven B. Bowman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Daniel Bennahmias was hardly more than a boy when he and his family were herded onto the death train that would transport them from their home in Greece to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, Birkenau. His parents were exterminated immediately upon arrival, but Danny managed to survive. Because of his strength, the youthful prisoner was recruited by the Germans to become a member of a Sonderkommando unit, its horrendous job being to disentangle the bodies of the
  • Jews put to death in the gas chambers in preparation for their subsequent cremation. Rebecca Fromer traces the plight of her friend through every inconceivable, unspeakable ordeal: the bewildering roundup of Greek Jews; the non-familiar, but no more understandable, atrocities of their German captors; Danny's numbed acceptance of his gruesome assignment as a trade-off for life itself, if only as a temporary measure; an abortive prison rebellion and the resulting
  • Punishment; one final freezing march from Auschwitz to Ebensee, as Allied troops approached; and, at last, rescue by the American soldiers and the tentative readmittance to civilization, changed forever. Daniel Bennahmias is one of the few persons in the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau to have survived the war, and the recounting of his experiences reveals details heretofore unknown about the "inner life" of the Nazi factories of death. Bennahmias supplies missing
  • Elements in the story of the revolt of the Sonderkommando in Birkenau, the dismantling of the crematoria, the death march and its aftermath, including the miraculous experience of liberation by the Allies. This is the tragic story of Daniel Bennahmias, a Greek Jew of Italian citizenship, a young man of science and intellect, music and art, who had a family, a culture, and a life that was all but obliterated. He is not a number, but he has become a statistic; he is not a
  • Thing, even though he became an object beneath scorn, unworthy of civility or compassion. This memoir provides a fragmented account of Bennahmias's experiences from 1942 to 1945, from his arrest to his liberation by the Allies in 1943. Rebecca Fromer, a specialist on the Holocaust memoirs of Sephardic Jews, worked with Daniel Bennahmias over the course of three years to coax carefully back to the surface these painful and horrifying memories. The result is an important
  • And rare account of one of the eleven Greek Sonderkommando prisoners to have survived routine extermination of the "special" labor group by the Germans
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fromer, Rebecca
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.P7
LC item number
B424 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Judaic studies series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
  • Bennahmias, Daniel
  • Bennahmias, Daniel
  • Bennahmias, Daniel
  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
  • Auschwitz
  • Holocaust, Jewish
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Sonderkommandos
  • Jews
  • Ethnic relations
  • Jews
  • Sonderkommandos
  • Erlebnisbericht
  • Judenverfolgung
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Griechenland
Label
The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando, Rebecca Camhi Fromer ; with an introduction by Steven B. Bowman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [145]-146) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Greeks in Auschwitz / Steven B. Bowman -- I. The Shock of Recognition -- II. The Absence of Light -- III. The Unfolding Debacle -- IV. The First Incarcerations -- V. The Withdrawal -- VI. The Selection -- VII. The Process of Annihilation -- VIII. The Smile -- X. The Questions -- X. The Revolt -- XI. The Death March -- XII. The Reunion -- XII. The Return
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxviii, 151 pages
Isbn
9780817305987
Lccn
92025865
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26303525
  • (OCoLC)ocm26303525
Label
The Holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando, Rebecca Camhi Fromer ; with an introduction by Steven B. Bowman
Publication
Note
The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [145]-146) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Greeks in Auschwitz / Steven B. Bowman -- I. The Shock of Recognition -- II. The Absence of Light -- III. The Unfolding Debacle -- IV. The First Incarcerations -- V. The Withdrawal -- VI. The Selection -- VII. The Process of Annihilation -- VIII. The Smile -- X. The Questions -- X. The Revolt -- XI. The Death March -- XII. The Reunion -- XII. The Return
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxviii, 151 pages
Isbn
9780817305987
Lccn
92025865
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26303525
  • (OCoLC)ocm26303525

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