By Marta Ascoli

Trieste, 1944. Marta ha diciassette anni, “un’età in cui tutto ci accontentava e ci faceva sorridere”. Quei sorrisi vengono strappati brutalmente l. a. sera del 29 marzo, quando due SS fanno irruzione in casa in line with prelevare los angeles famiglia Ascoli, in line with metà ebrea. È l’inizio di un calvario senza high quality. los angeles prima tappa è los angeles risiera di San Sabba, unico campo di concentramento nazista in Italia; poi verranno los angeles separazione dalla madre, il terribile viaggio in treno verso Auschwitz, sola donna in un convoglio di uomini in keeping with non abbandonare il padre; quindi Birkenau, poi Bergen-Belsen, los angeles neve, i lavori forzati, l. a. denutrizione, le malattie, le torture. E quella frase che suona come una condanna a morte continuamente rinviata: «Tu da qui non uscirai che in step with il camino». Eppure Marta resta attaccata alla vita con tutte le sue forze; infine, stremata, quando make a decision di farla finita lanciandosi contro il filo spinato, los angeles sentinella che l. a. scopre non spara. Il destino ha in serbo in line with Marta il 15 aprile 1945, il giorno della liberazione in step with mano degli inglesi e l. a. gioia immensa del ritorno a casa. Attraverso los angeles sua testimonianza, Marta Ascoli ci ricorda l. a. tragedia vissuta da una famiglia, dal popolo ebraico, dall'umanità intera: e, con l. a. forza di un grido, ci spiega che Auschwitz è di tutti, luogo-simbolo della più grande ferita aperta nella storia del Novecento.

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D diss. (forthcoming), chapter 2. °Lederer defines them as those who have exemption from deportation and access to extra rations. Lederer, Ghetto Theresienstadt, 83. 61 In 1943, a small group of poorly armed Warsaw Jews managed to fend off the Germans who wanted to deport them to Treblinka. The Nazis had great trouble trying to subdue the Jews. The Nazis feared this example of armed resistance would inspire others to resist. 35 The Nazis also exempted the few who were provisionally assigned to work in some war-related industry project.

30Gerron's wife Olga and daughter were sent to Theresienstadt with him. They were both sent to Auschwitz later in 1944 despite the Nazis' promise to spare their lives if Gerron made the movie for them. 31 In other words, a complex mirage. 18 spread on the grass, resting and smiling all too wide grins, but one had to be perceptive to notice. And the Nazis were never known for sophisticated finesse. Teenagers were shown running to and fro, carrying watering cans as they tended their little vegetable plots.

The members of the Judenrat believed, at least at the outset, in the possibility of survival. Nothing in the pained Jewish past prepared them for the conveyor-belt, mechanized system of murder that the Nazis planned for the Jews. The Council of the Elders was mandated to administer the daily operations and internal matters of the camp, while obedient and strictly adherent to all orders and directives issued by the SS commandant. At some level the Germans and the Judenrat shared a common goal: to keep the camp functional, for if it were to break down the Nazis would not have hesitated to erase forthwith the entire Theresienstadt experiment from the surface of the earth.

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