Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz Themes

Olga Lengyel
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The Will to Survive

Olga finds the will to survive in the admonishments of others that someone must survive to tell the world what happened at the German prison camps. It seem that, until that point, Olga might have given in to the temptation of escape through suicide. A Frenchman who is part of the underground resistance also tells Olga that some must survive in order to tell the story. This man seems to have latched onto this - as well as his role in the prison underground resistance movement - as his own encouragement to survive.

While those in the prison found ways to prompt their will to live, there were Germans who never lost their will to survive. Olga tells of a ruthless German officer named Irma Griese who was convicted of her war crimes and sentenced to death. Irma was taken away to her execution, screaming...

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