Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 10, 2011 - History - 400 pages
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"An important, revealing story, exceptionally well told."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Employing the rich testimony of almost three hundred survivors of the slave-labor camps of Starachowice, Poland, Christopher R. Browning draws the experiences of the Jewish prisoners, the Nazi authorities, and the neighboring Poles together into a chilling history of a little-known dimension of the Holocaust. Brutal and deadly in their living and work conditions, these camps represented the only chance of survival for local Jews after the ghetto liquidations of 1942. There they produced munitions for the German war effort while scrambling to survive murderous and corrupt camp regimes and desperately trying to protect children, spouses, parents, and neighbors. When the labor camps closed in the summer of 1944, the surviving Starachowice Jews still had to confront Auschwitz and then the reprisals of anti-Semitic Polish neighbors. Combining harrowing detail and insightful analysis, Browning's history is indispensable scholarship and an unforgettable story of survival.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Prewar Jewish Community of WierzbnikStarachowice
15
The Outbreak of War
24
The Early Months of German Occupation
30
The German Occupiers in WierzbnikStarachowice
40
Coping with Adversity in Wierzbnik 19401942
51
The Destruction of the Wierzbnik Ghetto
63
Wierzbnik on the Eve of Destruction
65
Food Property and the Underground Economy
159
The Ukrainian Guards
168
Poles and Jews
172
Children in the Camps
176
Childbirth Abortion Sex and Rape
185
WinterSpring 1944
192
Closing Majówka and Tartak
207
The Final Days
218

The Aktion October 27 1942
83
Into the Camps
101
PART III
111
Personalities and Structures
113
The Typhus Epidemic
121
The Althoff Massacres
125
Tartak
135
PART IV
139
SummerFall 1943
141
Jewish Work
153
From Starachowice to Birkenau
226
The Starachowice Women and Children in Birkenau
239
Escapees
246
Return to and Flight from Wierzbnik
259
Postwar Investigations and Trials in Germany
270
Conclusion
291
Notes
301
Index
363
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About the author (2011)

Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and the author of Ordinary Men, Remembering Survival and other works of Holocaust history. He lives in Chapel Hill.

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