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Colin Gallo “Eyewitness Auschwitz” by Filip Mueller is a testimonial of the events that transpired in the crematoria in the death camp at Auschwitz from the years 1942 to 1944. Mueller is a Slovak Jew who was deported along with the rest of his townspeople in one of the earliest deportations to the camp. Like every other Holocaust survivor he made it out alive thanks to skill, bribery, a little bit of hospitality, and a lot of luck. Mueller was one of the “lucky” who landed himself with a spot on the team responsible for burning the newly created cadavers, including transporting the bodies from the gassing chambers to the ovens and burying the ashes. His experience in the death camp is a unique one in that he was spared many of the cruelties inflicted upon the prisoners; however he was witness to the atrocities that befell the Jews during every day of their forfeit lives. “Eyewitness Auschwitz” is the result of the driving force behind this man’s will to stay alive—that force which compelled him to one day share the story of what was really going on in the Auschwitz death camps with the rest of a world which could not truly understand the genocide that was taking place in Germany’s backyard. The themes which have become emblematic of a camp inmates experience can be attributed to people like Mueller, without whose testimony many of the crimes of the Holocaust would perhaps have been lost forever. Throughout Filip Mueller’s testimony there are several themes which have become typical of those who were victims of the Holocaust, as well as events which occurred rarely across the death camps but were a normal occurrence in Mueller’s life. The first theme is the lack of existence of a so-called third state of being—the middle man between those hell-bent on survival and those Mussulmen who gave up on all chances of living and simply waited until they were naught but skin and bones; the fire of life dies within them long before the life in their bodies was extinguished. The Nazi genocide machine was always able to eliminate this middle
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man. The second constant presence in the account is the understanding that inside Auschwitz, not a single aspect of the outside world remained. All systems of law, order, morality, or God ceased to exist once one entered the death camp. Complete domination over the prisoners was the only governing power inside the lager. All the prisoners accepted it, and those who tried to reason
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