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Naturally, the textuality of the Holocaust refers to the texts about the event itself but equally important and this is the aspect I highlight here it allows us to bring out the signification of the human experiences narrated in those texts.
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It is through the narrative that the narrator conveys the meanings of a particular incident. There is no other event like it in modern history whose meaning is perpetually reaffirmed and re-articulated through each new reading of these stories and narratives of suffering, pain and survival. To paraphrase Paul Ricoeur, to read again and again is to understand better 11 , and Holocaust narratives, such as memoirs, made available immediately after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, consistently draw attention to this expectation To write about the Holocaust is to confer it importance and to draw attention to its multiple meanings.
They also wanted to preserve in perpetuity the memory of the dearly loved and lost in Nazi concentration camps. Other Holocaust memoirs have been adapted for film and theatre, having inspired novelists and directors, their dramatic quality greatly enhanced by the renewed contact with wider audiences. In it became available in English, under the title Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz 19 , and it has since been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, Romanian and Dutch The attention of the scholarly community towards the book has been somehow uneven, however An in-depth discussion of the book is lacking, which may explain why Five Chimneys does not figure prominently in the Holocaust scholarship A notable exception is Petra M.
Schweitzer, who devoted an entire chapter to Olga Lengyel in her book, Gendered Testimonies of the Holocaust Here I draw inspiration from the philosopher Jorge J. I interpret the heroic, as an essential component of a broader narrative about survival that was particularly effective in providing Lengyel with an ontological strategy to overcome her dreadful experiences of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
To be sure, she was always reluctant to openly declare herself Jewish. Her family was not an exception. During the interwar period, the Jewish-Hungarian community of Cluj the city took on the Romanian name after remained significant, amounting to ca.
Nevertheless, considering the events of in Hungary and the White Terror that followed 34 , as well as the growing presence of Romanian anti-Semitism during the s, it is very likely that many Hungarian Jews in Cluj may have downplayed their religiousness, at least in public. Apart from his clinical duties, Dr Lengyel was a member of the Romanian Society of Dermatology, published extensively in medical journals in Cluj, and was well respected in the medical community in Cluj.
By the late s, the Lengyels had a successful medical practice and were well respected in the city. The reunification with Hungary brought about not only the vindication of Hungarian demands for Transylvania but also the implementation of the Jewish Laws, introduced in Hungary since , which excluded the Jews from university and from practicing various professions as well from owning certain property It is estimated that between 50, and 70, of them from all over Hungary died in these circumstances Olga and her family seemed to have been able to continue with their lives undisturbed by the Hungarian anti-Semitic policies.
Importantly, Dr Lengyel was able to continue with his medical practice and run his hospital, reflecting, perhaps, a more tolerant attitude towards Jewish physicians in the city. The condition of Jews in Germany and German-occupied Europe, however, was rapidly deteriorating According to some estimates, by January , 27, women were living in Birkenau in separated quarters.
It was impossible for her to believe that Germany a country she also knew from her visits in the s had descended into barbarity. But, like so many of those who read this today, we could not believe such horrible stories.
We still looked upon Germany as a nation which had given much culture to the world. If these tales were at all true, the shameful acts must be due to a handful of madmen; this could not be national policy, nor part of a plan for global mastery. Her refusal to believe such stories was, I think, authentic.
To accept that a cultured nation, such as Germany, was capable of such atrocities was, in effect, to accept that the entire intellectual edifice upon which educated elites, such as the Lengyels, built their worldview and social status was also inherently malevolent.
Something was terribly wrong.
They shared the conviction that as Hungarians as they defined themselves they were protected by the Hungarian state. The Nazi occupation of Hungary in March would prove exactly the opposite.
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As insistently as Olga outlined her incredulity to the enveloping tragedy around her, she dismantled the perception of her as a passive woman, lacking initiative. We would have to face many hardships; the pleasant life we had known might well be ended for years. But separation would be even worse.
The war might continue for months, for years. The front lines were always shifting, and we might be cut off from each other forever. By going together we would at least be assured a common fate Little did she know that her own tragedy was about to unfold. After a tortuous seven-day journey in cattle cars across Central Europe the Lengyels, together with other Jews from Hungary, Yugoslavia and Romania, finally arrived in Auschwitz. But her unswervingly positive view on life was much weakened by then.
Accepting responsibility, she went to her parents and asked for forgiveness. You have done nothing you need to be forgiven for. What did she suspect in this hour? You have the strength to fight, and you will live.
Olga and her parents were, for a few brief moments, a family again. As customary upon arrival in Auschwitz, women were separated from men, and so Olga separated from her father and husband, never to be reunited with them, apart from a brief moment she spent with her husband in the infirmary in Buna-Monowitz camp, a few months later A second selection, however, occurred when the women were separated from their children and mothers.
The enormity of what was happening to her family finally dawned on Olga.
The difficulty in seeing a purpose for their presence there was compounded by the struggle to come to terms with the terrifying dissolution of her family.
Then I committed my second terrible error. The selector waved my mother and myself to the adult group.
He classed my younger son Thomas with the children and aged which was to mean immediate extermination. Lined up, naked, together with the other women prisoners, Olga glimpsed longingly for the last time at pictures of her family, laying at her feet, together with her personal belongings. She alone would remain alive. As predicted by her mother she was young and strong enough to survive the concentration camps. We needed that happiness and the culture that would have provided; it would have kickstarted a brand new golden age for us!
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This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest c A History.
At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend, and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends.
In Sybille Steinbacher's terse, powerful new book, the Poetry After Auschwitz:See, for example, Agamben Georgio. By the time the train arrived in Auschwitz , on the seventh day, many of the deportees had died and the train seemed to Olga "as so many coffins".
Marsha Casper Cook. She was faced, in Lawrence L. However, unless a child were stillborn, both mother and newborn were sent to the gas chambers. I agree, albeit this is easier said than done.