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Auschwitz Inmate's Notes, Now Uncovered, Detail Gas Chamber, Crematorium Exterminations

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Part of Marcel Nadjari's notes recently restored and translated.(Screengrab of Twitter post/@HolocaustUK)

By    |   Monday, 04 December 2017 10:21 AM

An Auschwitz inmate's notes about being forced to take other prisoners to the gas chamber and crematorium have been found where he buried them and the deciphered contents are haunting as they confirm the work of Nazi death squads reported through the years.

Marcel Nadjari, a Greek Jew tasked with escorting doomed prisoners to the gas chambers, and later burning their bodies, wrote about his harrowing experiences in 1944 in a 13-page manuscript, the BBC News reported.

Knowing it was just a matter of time before he too was executed, Nadjari hid his notes in a thermos flask and later buried them near a crematorium.

They were discovered 36 years later by a Polish forestry student, according to The Daily Star, and then a Russian historian, Pavel Polian, managed to restore the worn notes and translate them. His his findings were published last month by the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich.

The chilling words Nadjari penned at the concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland were tainted with bitterness and anger as he came to terms with news that his family had died a year prior at the Birkenau camp in southern Poland.

"Often I thought of going in with the others, to put an end to this,” he wrote, per BBC. “But always revenge prevented me doing so. I wanted and want to live, to avenge the death of Dad, Mum and my dear little sister.”

Nadjari described in detail how other Jews were executed, describing how they were “packed like sardines” in the gas chambers, The Independent reported.

According to his notes, the executions took place within a crematorium, which was a big building featuring a wide chimney, 15 ovens and two enormous cellars contained under a garden.

Nadjari said people were forced to undress in the one cellar before being moved to the second cellar, known as the death chamber.

“People enter it naked and once about 3,000 are inside it is locked and they are gassed,” he wrote, per The Independent.

“After six or seven minutes of suffering they die...”

Nadjari recounted how he and other prisoners were forced to then drag the bodies of “those innocent women and children to the lift, which took them to the ovens.”

BBC News some death camp prisoners survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and Nadjari was amongst them.

He married after the war and moved to New York in 1951, where he made a living as a tailor while raising a son and daughter. He died in 1971 at the age of 53.

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An Auschwitz inmate's notes about being forced to take other prisoners to the gas chamber and crematorium have been found where he buried them and the deciphered contents are haunting as they confirm the work of Nazi death squads reported through the years.
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