This Way For The Gas, Ladies And Gentlemen By Tadusz Borowski

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Tadeusz Borowski is a polish poet and short story writer who grew up during the holocaust. He published most of his works for the underground press as they were brutally honest. He personally experienced from working in the camps. He struggled in search of good moral values despite his Nazi occupation but was still left feeling ashamed and guilty of his actions. He did what he had to do in order to survive. In his short story, “This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen” was set in a concentration camp in Auschwitz. The narrator is a polish prisoner who worked under Nazi rule, we can assume it is Tadeusz based on facts from his real life. If Borowski was american living today his work would be much different as he has no personal connection …show more content…
When he was just sixteen the second world war had just begun. During this time any Polish publications were considered illegal. In 1943 he was sent to Auschwitz prison then months later to a concentration camp and put to hard work. After surviving pneumonia he took position as an orderly in the Auschwitz hospital. Not the hospital that helps you, one where they did experiments on prisoners. He would smuggle letters to his wife Rundo and only see her certain times while repairing roofs or when she went to pick up corpses. Later Borowski and other authors would live together in an apartment to publish their collections. He later began to do work for the Polish secret police leading him back once more to a concentration camp to work under Nazi rule (1, 693). "This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen" is a short story written by a man who actually experienced the holocaust first hand. The narrator as well as his friend Henri are political prisoners(1). During World War II it was dangerous for people to speak out about their religious or political views. The underground press was created so that writers could publish their stories, magazines, radio shows, and books without the communists knowing. Many of the stories, poetry, and books showed the raw truth and horrors of the holocaust. It’s main goal was to warn the western civilizations what was really happening in Germany and not the “vacation ads where its beautiful, sunny, …show more content…
He struggled throughout his life with shame and guilt due to his Nazi occupation but he did not question as he wanted to survive. He shows his desperation through his work, “This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen”. The behaviors and feelings of shame, guilt, fear, hope, death, and survival are shown in his short story. Borowski’s story was originally published for the underground press since it was illegal for any Polish publications during the time(3). This directly reflects the time it was created during the Holocaust and World War II. If Borowski lived in America in present day his work would reflect something different. He still would fear Communism as he did in his country but would be unknowing of the truth of what was actually happening in Germany. He would have no personal connection to the story, as one still assumes the narrator is Borowski, himself. Nevertheless Borowski is an known author who wrote about his personal experience during this time in history and risked his life for the publications of his collections to help the humanity of others to understand how he

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