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Kindness of Truth and the Art of Reading Ashes


Michael M. Lustigman

It is one thing to know about Auschwitz, it is another thing to learn from what one knows. Using diaries, journals and other written fragments which members of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau had interred alongside the ashes of the annihilated, Kindness of Truth and the Art of Reading Ashes profiles an instance of learning. The text suggests that while Auschwitz names an event in time, it also names a relation which extends beyond time and that to mind this double register of Auschwitz one cannot but be mindful of the ways that this register remarks on our times.
Contents: Auschwitz-Birkenau - Holocaust - Sonderkommando
While there are some historical accounts of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, none of these deal with the relevance which the accounts hold for present-day man.