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Event Date: 2nd Jun 2016 | 18:00

Book Launch: Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz

The Wiener Library, Russell Square

In 1944, members of the Sonderkommando—the “special squads,” composed almost exclusively of Jewish prisoners, who ensured the smooth operation of the gas chambers and had firsthand knowledge of the extermination process—buried on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau a series of remarkable eyewitness accounts of Nazi genocide. This careful and penetrating study examines anew these “Scrolls of Auschwitz,” which were gradually recovered, in damaged and fragmentary form, in the years following the camp’s liberation. It painstakingly reconstructs their historical context and textual content, revealing complex literary works that resist narrow moral judgment and engage difficult questions about the limits of testimony. The event will consist of a brief talk from Dominic Williams, followed by a round-table discussion and then a reception. Please book via: http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=247

Posted: 10th Mar 2016 | 12:25

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