Birkenau: The Camp of Death (Judaic Studies)

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This memoir details the experiences of a Greek Jew in Hitler's concentration camps. Marco Nahon, a physician educated at the University of Beirut, was practicing medicine and living with his family in the small Thracian town of Dhidhimoteichon (Dimotika), already in Nazi hands, when the Germans began rounding up Jews. In 1943, Nahon and his family were deported to Birkenau, the extermination subcamp of Auschwitz, where his wife and young daughter were killed. There he witnessed firsthand the calculated brutality designed by the likes of Eichmann and Speer and implemented by Mengele and others. Nahon survived in Birkenau and later Dachau as a prisoner-nurse, the rank permitted to physicians who were camp inmates. He began writing his memoir in French the day after he was freed from Dachau by the Allied invasion. His son, Haim, survived in the labour brigades of Auschwitz, Mauthausen and other camps until he too was freed by the Allies. Upon their return to Greece, Dr.Nahon presented his recollections, which were translated into Greek, serialized and published, in large part as a personal memorial to the many family members, neighbours and friends he had lost. His and others' testimony have become valuable aids in the task of convincing an unbelieving world of the extent of the Nazis' calculated and sadistic campaign for world domination and "Judenrein", which resulted in the murder of over 12 million civilians. Gowman's introduction provides a background on Greek Jewry, whose complex story is little known, and describes the progress of the Nazi occupation of Greece and the Balkans and the implementation of the "Final Solution" in those areas.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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"Nahon, a Greek Jew... was deported to Birkenau; his wife and daughter perished while he and his son survived. Although about 80 percent of Greece's Jews were killed, this personal memoir is one of the few books describing the deportation of Jews from Greece. Bowman's introduction provides a summary survey of the fate of Greece's Jews during the German occupation." - CHOICE

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