Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Letter Unearthed At Auschwitz Details Horror Of The Gas Chambers

A letter unearthed at Auschwitz and recently restored details the horrors of the gas chamber, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Written by one of the Sonderkommando, the prisoners tasked with burning the corpses of gassed victims, the letter was made legible using advanced technology this month.

“I am not sad that I will die,” Marcel Nadjari wrote a year before the camp’s liberation, “but I am sad that I won’t be able to take revenge like I would like to.”

Nadjari was able to hide the letter by stuffing it in a thermos and burying the thermos in the camp. He was eventually liberated and died in New York in 1971, at the age of 54.

A Greek Jew, Nadjari wrote in Greek about how the Nazis used whips to corral Jews into the gas chambers. Nadjari was tasked with delivering gassed bodies to the crematoria every half hour for incineration.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.