Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Gas Chambers

I've read a lot about the Holocaust as well as World War II in general and the way that Borowski writes his story in such a way as to remove himself from the horrors in not infrequent. By distancing himself from the unloading of trains and hauling to the gas he is able to alleviate some of the guilt he undoubtedly feels for his participation in the Nazi crimes. While he is not a willing participant, the very act of his presence within the camp is enough to drive someone mad. Men who liberated camps felt this way in some instances, and they came to free the prisoners.

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