By Léon Poliakov
En 1964, Léon Poliakov présente un recueil de files intitulé Auschwitz. L'ouvrage est le foremost du style en France. L'auteur avait découvert et rassemblé des resources dans le cadre du Centre de documentation juive contemporaine ; elles avaient servi à los angeles délégation française, dont il fut membre, au procès de Nuremberg. vehicle l'histoire du génocide en France a longtemps été écrite dans les marges de los angeles communauté juive organisée, ignorée de l'Université, par des autodidactes qui apprirent sur le tas l. a. rigueur de l'écriture de l'histoire. Poliakov était de ces très rares.
Dans cette histoire totale, il conjugue, pionnier, les deux elements qui étaient encore mal distingués : Auschwitz, haut lieu du génocide ; Auschwitz, camp de focus où l'on vit, fût-ce d'une vie qui n'est pas une vie. Son awareness à tout rfile nouveau et son extrême discernement le conduisent à intégrer un extrait du témoignage de Primo Levi, passé inaperçu, et à citer, comme representation de los angeles barbarie, le plaidoyer du médecin SS d'Auschwitz, Hans Münch, qui ne sera condamné par los angeles justice française qu'en 2000.
Lecteurs, nous privilégions désormais le neuf qui n'est bien souvent que los angeles redécouverte de l'ancien. Or en histoire il est des 'classiques' que l'on gagne à relire périodiquement. Celui-ci est du nombre.
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I mention this tea egg because it was to turn up again later on. My mother-in-law took off her gold wedding ring and slipped it onto Ben's finger. " In the apartment building where Pela and I lived with my parents, there also lived, on the second floor, a family by the name of Gingold. Before the war, Mr. Gjngold had been the manager of one of Warsaw's largest shirt factories. The Gingolds had two children-a son of 18 and a daughter of 12. The son, Martin, had just graduated gymnasium and his father, unlike Pela's parents and mine, believed that the countryside would be a safer place for young people than Warsaw.
Our plan was to stay temporarily in some city or larger town in the Russian sector and from there start a search for Ben. If we located him we would get hold of him and bring him back with us to Warsaw. Life in the Russian sector, we reasoned, had its own uncertainties; if Ben was still alive, at least let him be together with the rest of us again. 42 Naturally, we informed the Gingolds of our plan. They suggested that we head for Rovno, 250 miles east of Warsaw, where they had relatives. When their son Martin left Warsaw with Ben, Mr.
Perhaps the Gingold cousins would know what had become of Ben and Martin. At the last moment, we decided to reveal our project also to our very close friends, Moniek and Donia Branstern. Moniek had gone to school with me. His wife, Donra, had been Pela's schoolmate, and I had been best man at their wedding. Moniek was a physician. Because of the Jewish quota at the Polish universities, Moniek, like many other young Polish Jews who had wanted to study medicine during the 1930's, had gone to Italy.
Auschwitz by Léon Poliakov