Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land Topics for Discussion

Sara Nomberg-Przuytyk
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Why did the translator and editors have so much trouble tracking down Sara?

Why are the Zugangi treated so badly?

Explain Sara's psychological analysis of the Jewish blokowa.

Some see Fela's story in Old Words—New Meanings as representing in microcosm the theme of the book as a whole. Why might someone say this? Would she be right or wrong?

What is Sara's analysis of the development and alteration of language in Auschwitz?

How did Sara hang on to her humanity in Auschwitz?

What psychological conclusions can one draw about Josef Mengele from Sara's descriptions of him? Be sure to describe more than the obvious evil and sadism.

Why did Sara get special treatment in the camp?

How did Sara view the Russians and the Red Army? What did Communism represent to her while living under Fascism?

What does the Editors' Afterword add...

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