The Human Race by Robert Antelme

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Arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Dachau, Robert Antelme recovered his freedom a year later when François Mitterand, visiting the camp in an official capacity, recognized the dying Antelme and had him spirited to Paris. Antelme's story of his experiences in Germany--his only book--indelibly marked an entire generation, "a work written without hatred, a work of boundless compassion such as that is to be found only in the great Russians."

Also available: On the Human Race: Essays and Commentary
 

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Published January 1, 1992 by Marlboro Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The camp functioned on a system of parasitism: like the ubiquitous lice tormenting the unwashed prisoners, the criminals in charge of the prisoners depended on their underlings' labor, and these overseers, in turn, answered to the SS.

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First published in 1947 and now in its first English-language translation, this moving memoir is a testament to Holocaust survivors' furious desire to remain human, even as the Germans, through forced starvation, reduced them to near-skeletons, ``nothing but plumbing for soup.'' Writing with luci...

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