This was really a horrific account of daily life in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Borowski's "This Way for the Gas" is actually a collection of stories which detail the brutality and gruesomeness of the Holocaust. Borowski was from Poland but he was not Jewish so he received better treatment in the camps and he tells the stories in a very matter-of-fact language. Some of the details portrayed by Borowski will leave you haunted. Ironically, Borowski committed suicide several years after his experiences by putting his head in a gas oven probably over guilt and remorse related to his experiences. I would highly recommend this book - it is a remarkable read, very profound and overwhelming.
Borowski survived both Auschwitz and Dachau to marry, write, and work for the Polish government. This slim volume contains a dozen powerful short stories that stand alongside Elie Wiesel's as clear-eyed testaments.
What lengths would you have gone to survive as a prisoner in Auschwitz? Work at the crematoriums?- Would you help meet all the "transports"(Jews leaving the trains) and strip them of all they carry - including the clothes on their backs - pushing them naked towards the trucks that carried them to their fates -- the gas chambers - in order to survive yourself? Women and children as well as men? These stories of man's inhumanity to man were written by a surviver of Auschwitz. The author committed suicide by opening a gas valve in 1951.
Something much different than the other Haulocast accounts I have read. Reader beware - you will feel haunted.