- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (February 28, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140041141
- ISBN-13: 978-0140041149
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen Paperback – February 28, 1976
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What I can say about this collection is that I had an immediate visceral reaction to the events and descriptions of the first story - This Way for the Gas - and though some of that wore off as I continued, it was replaced with an increasingly uncomfortable feeling that what I think I know about myself and the world, instead of being based on a lifetime of experience, is actually a comfort zone of what I'm willing to believe. Borowski's account of 'normal' behavior in the camps - a direct result of the insane horror of the conditions - is a frightening addition to the crematoriums and the gas chambers. The idea that there was a third group, one between the perpetrators of evil and their victims, who were victims and forced to be complicit too, and who could develop a routine in the midst of the horrors they witnessed and the actions required for their survival, is elementally disturbing, and does not release any human being from its conclusions.
Once or twice, I had some small trouble following the thread of a story, but this in no way altered the impact of his overall objective. Borowski's style is plain, simple and direct - and admirable. 'This Way for the Gas' is a literature of truth, and unafraid to voice its implications, however hard they may be to see revealed. Highest recommendation.
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This is a difficult first person narrative about about Nazi concentration camp "life". So both violence and sexual content exists as far as the reader's imagination... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jeff paine
This is a collection of eye-witness reports on the Nazi concentration camps. They are alot like the American meat packing plants.Published 11 months ago by Jon Becker