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We Wept Without TearsTestimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz$
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Gideon Greif

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106510

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106510.001.0001

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Eliezer Eisenschmidt: “Thanks to One Polish Family …”

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We Wept Without Tears

Gideon Greif

Yale University Press

This chapter presents an interview with Eliezer Eisenschmidt, one of the Sonderkommando prisoners forced by the Nazis to aid with the disposal of Jews killed in gas chambers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust. Born in Russia, he escaped from the death march from Auschwitz to Mauthausen, and owes his life to a Polish family that lived near Birkenau and who took him in. In this interview, Eliezer talks about his family, his journey to the camp, how he was selected for the Sonderkommando, his job as a Sonderkommando prisoner, and the Sonderkommando uprising.

Keywords:   prisoners, Sonderkommando, Jews, gas chambers, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Holocaust, concentration camp, Eliezer Eisenschmidt, Sonderkommando uprising

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