A Diary, March 14 - May 9, 1945 - Jean Oppenheimer
After the liberation of the camps at Auschwitz, Jean Oppenheimer was transferred to Katowice to await his transfer back to France. It was there that he decided to keep a diary to regain a foothold in everyday life by relating the events of his return. This daily writing soon brought him to commit to paper his concentration camp experience so as to "consign at last this awful nightmare to the realm of memory".
Of his life before Auschwitz, he makes no mention - nothing about his activity in the Resistance, nothing either about his time in the camp at Drancy where he tried to escape with some fellow prisoners. In this quite remarkable text, however, Jean Oppenheimer makes a point of obtaining the accounts of two survivors of the Sonderkommando and of the "death marches".