Franklin

Saving Lives in Auschwitz The Prisoners' Hospital in Buna-Monowitz / Ewa K. Bacon.

Author/Creator:
Bacon, Ewa K. Verfasser., Author
Edition:
First printing in hardback.
Publication:
West Lafayette, Indiana Purdue University Press 2018
Manufacture:
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2021
Series:
Shofar supplements in Jewish studies.
Shofar supplements in Jewish studies
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (199 pages) : illustrations, photographs.
Subjects:
Krankenhaus.
Gefangener.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
"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.
Contents:
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1: 1939: Germanization
Chapter 2: Stefan’s Arrest and Montelupich Prison, June 1941-February 1942: From New Doctor to Political Prisoner
Chapter 3: Concentration Camps, the New Enterprise Zone: Forced Labor, Slave Labor, and Prisoners
Chapter 4: Auschwitz Camps Develop: Social Strategies, Medicine, Allies, and Deadly Typhus
Chapter 5: The Jawischowitz Subcamp: Finding Sanctuary, Executions, Phenol Injections, SS Dr. Wirths, and Stefan’s Transfer
Chapter 6: Auschwitz Labor Issues: Manpower Shortages, Prisoner Exhaustion, and Extermination Agendas
Chapter 7: Aspects of the Buna-Monowitz HKB, the Prisoners’ Hospital
Chapter 8: Aspects of Survival in the Camp
Chapter 9: Five Men in the HKB: Their Experiences
Chapter 10: End Games: The Evacuation
Chapter 11: Coda: Addressing the Teleological Deception of Retrospect
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Appendix 1: Register of Physicians (in Different Time Periods) Active in the Prisoners’ Hospital in Monowitz
Appendix 2: Development of the Buna-Monowitz Hospital Barracks
Appendix 3: Stefan Budziaszek’s Deposition Regarding His Arrest, 1949
Biographical Note
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
1-61249-493-5
1-61249-492-7
OCLC:
1227051510
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