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Saving lives in Auschwitz : the prisoners' hospital in Buna-Monowitz / Ewa K. Bacon.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: D806 .B33 2017 c. 1

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    "In a 1941 Nazi roundup of educated Poles, Stefan Budziaszek--newly graduated from medical school in Krakow--was incarcerated in the Krakow Montelupich Prison and transferred to the Auschwitz concentration camp in February 1942. German big businesses brutally exploited the cheap labor of prisoners in the camp, and workers were dying. In 1943, Stefan, now a functionary prisoner, was put in charge of the on-site prisoner hospital, which at the time was more like an infirmary staffed by well-connected but untrained prisoners. Stefan transformed this facility from just two barracks into a working hospital and outpatient facility that employed more than 40 prisoner doctors and served a population of 10,000 slave laborers. Stefan and his staff developed the hospital by commandeering medication, surgical equipment, and even building materials, often from the so-called Canada warehouse filled with the effects of Holocaust victims. But where does seeking the cooperation of the Nazi concentration camp staff become collusion with Nazi genocide? How did physicians deal with debilitated patients who faced "selection" for transfer to the gas chambers? Auschwitz was a cauldron of competing agendas. Unexpectedly, ideological rivalry among prisoners themselves manifested itself as well. Prominent Holocaust witnesses Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi both sought treatment at this prisoner hospital. They, other patients, and hospital staff bear witness to the agency of prisoner doctors in an environment better known for death than survival"-- Provided by publisher.
    Series
    Shofar supplements in Jewish studies
    Shofar supplements in Jewish studies.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Bacon, Ewa K. (Ewa Katherine), 1946- author.
    Published
    West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, [2017]
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references and index.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9781557537799
    1557537798
    9781612494920
    1612494927
    9781612494937
    1612494935
    Physical Description
    xi, 199 pages ; 23 cm.

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