Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Filip Müller
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Chapter 1, No Return

• Filip Müller was born 1922 in Sered, Czechoslovakia, approximately 200 miles from the then-future site of Auschwitz.

• A Slovakian Jew, he was, at the age of 20, transported to Auschwitz I in April, 1942, and forced into slave labor.
• Muller is in Auschwitz I as a typical slave laborer, one of many.

• Muller is a slave laborer for six weeks before being selected to work in a crematorium as a member of the Sonderkommando, an assignment from which there was no release.

• Vacek, a fellow inmate promoted to a position of minor responsibility, is using a repetitive drill to select out individuals to be murdered by him with truncheons.

• An SS officer arrives when a man from Muller's home town steps forward and registers an official complaint about Vacek's treatment.

• Vacek also beats him to death.
• Men like Vacek receive preferential treatment, clothes, and food in return for...

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