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I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz


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Introduction by Phyllis Lassner and Danny M. Cohen Foreword Dr. Kapezius "I Want to Go with Them..." Arrival at Auschwitz Auschwitz-an A Day within its Borders Dinner at Auschwitz The "Beauty Parlor" Auschwitz Treasure-Trove: Julika Farkas Charlotte Junger The Value of a Piece of String... Irma Greze "Concert" in Auschwitz Margarine Block VII: The Latrine Childbirth in Camp C The Hospital Staff The Story of the Fatal Handkerchief One Woman's Death The Bag of Diamonds The Life-Saving Embryo The Story of Jeanette Liquidation of Camp C Farewell to Auschwitz Trip to Hamburg Hamburg-Dege Werke Belsen Bergen General Gleen Hughes Abbe Brand Afterword by Eva Hoffman About the Editors

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Phyllis Lassner is professor emerita in the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University. Her most recent book is Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film. Danny M. Cohen is associate professor of instruction at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.


Lassner and Cohen deserve praise and gratitude for pursuing and bringing to fruition the republication of I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz. One of the first published by an Auschwitz survivor, Perl's memoir not only recounts the horrors of existence in Auschwitz, which included grave moral challenges and efforts to resist, but also engages many of the questions that have shaped the field of Holocaust Studies. Lassner and Cohen serve the reader well with their outstanding introduction that contextualizes Perl's memoir in the history and the historiography of the Holocaust, particularly as related to understandings of women's experiences. They also chose wisely to end the new edition with a poignant essay by Eva Hoffman. Students and scholars alike will benefit from this new edition for years to come. -- Sarah M. Cushman, director of Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University

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