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We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz

Gideon Greif


The Sonderkommando of Auschwitz-Birkenau consisted primarily of Jewish prisoners forced by the Germans to facilitate the mass extermination. Though never involved in the killing itself, they were compelled to be “members of staff” of the Nazi death-factory. This book, translated into English from its original Hebrew, consists of interviews with the very few surviving men who witnessed at first hand the unparalleled horror of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Some of these men had never spoken of their experiences before. Over a period of years, the author interviewed intensively all Sonderkom ... More

Keywords: prisoners, Jews, Sonderkommando, Auschwitz-Birkenau, mass extermination, death camp, Final Solution, Jewish Problem, gas chambers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106510
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Greif, author