I have often wondered how the Sonderkommandos coped with their work.
Sonderkommandos were forced labour units made up of Nazi death camp prisoners. usually Jews.They were forced to help with the disposal of gas chamber victims among other duties. Sometimes even removing family members.
It is not like they had a choice, it was either work and have a chance to survive or get killed themselves. I have heard people call them traitors but I don’t subscribe to that point of view, The basic instinct of any human being is to survive.
How hard it was for these victims, for they to were victims, is illustrated in the testimony of Filip Müller, a Slovak Jewish member of the Sonderkommando.
Filip had become so desperate that he tried to commit suicide by smuggling himself into the gas chamber.
Below are some excerpts from his testimony taken from his book ‘ Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years…
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