Varsovie, Treblinka, Majdanek, Skarzysko, Czestochowa - Michel Pachter
Written right after the war, the account of Michel (Mietek) Pachter is exceptional for more than one reason. Mietek - who was only 16 at the outbreak of war - experienced the ghetto, the extermination camp and the forced labour camp. With his brother Vilek at his side, he was able to survive his terrible trials.
In this densely detailed text, he tells with discernment and precision the evolution and diversity of the persecutions and means of extermination used by the Nazis to annihilate the Jews. He displays also the forms of resistance and solidarity which his comrades and he were able to deploy to survive the sadism of their torturers and the dehumanization operated at the heart of the concentration system.