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This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
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Jul 20, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: holocaust-in-literature
Read in July, 2008

Wow. I'd never even heard of this guy before my class. This book is a collection of short stories, arranged in (it seems) rough chronologcial order for his time in Auschwitz. His style is engaging. He masterfully weaves details and items together and at the end of the story hits the reader with brilliant understatement that made me gasp more than once.
Borowski's stories are also interesting because his experiences are markedly different that that of Jewish surviors of the camps. His main character is a political prisioner and he states he has enough food, he is able to pass letters to his girlfriend in the women's camp. But, he does not live easy by any means and he is emotionally damaged, as he acknowledges in the final pages.

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