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Christine Skarbek: A journey into self or what Auschwitz can do to the soul

I saw the cell where the Jesuit priest Maximilian Kolbe starved to near death as he attended to nine others, all Jews. He was later executed. The space isn’t bigger than my walk-in closet.

February 10, 2021 · 4 Comments

Anna Gotlibis: Trauma unmakes the world of the self. Can stories repair it?

Self-making narratives create the maps of the totality of our physical reality and experiences – or, as philosophers sometimes say, of the lifeworlds that we inhabit.

January 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Karl Höecker: Laughing at Auschwitz (rare historical photos)

SS auxiliaries pose at a resort for Auschwitz personnel. Laughter lines the faces of camp staff as they prepare for a sing-song. The photos were taken between May and December … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dominik W. Rettinger & Christine Skarbek: Kommando Puff

A new novel From Poland recounts the industrialization of rape at Auschwitz.  Kommando Puff is a novel that exposes the lives of two women:  Anna, the German mother of an SS-officer … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

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