This Way for The Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Tadeusz Borowski, who wrote these stories, lived through Auschwitz somehow, and left sharply told tales of hell behind. There is nothing to say about them by way of commentary; they just need to be read. But his guilt (one has to assume) was so unconquerable that he killed himself – by gas, indeed – in 1951. He had, as he puts it in this book, “broken daily bread with the beast”; and so the Nazis claimed another victim. But without his testimony, and that of those like him, we would not know.

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