album Those who survived contains 55 contemporary
portraits of concentration camp survivors and fragments of their
camp memories. Diverse both in form and content, the memories
convey a picture of life in the camps, of death and suffering, but
also they tell of mutual help, kindness, and even love.
photographs and memories are complemented by biographical notes
presenting the lives of the protagonists to the present day.
reader will find here a cross-section of nearly all groups of
concentration camp survivors (Jews and Catholics, priests,
Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists and Home Army combatants,
participants in the war of 1939, men captured during an attempt to
get through to the Polish Army in France, Varsovians from the
Warsaw Uprising, but also people who found themselves in the camps
by pure chance). In the album there are both figures known in
public life (such as Władysław Bartoszewski, Arnold Mostowicz or
Józef Szajna) as well as ordinary people whose personal
experiences are not known to the world.
authors managed to meet some exceptionally interesting survivors,
such as the barber of Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Hoess; the only
member of the Sonderkommando now surviving in Poland; a girl saved
thanks to “Schindler’s list”; the only survivor in Poland
from the Sobibór camp, or Maria Borowska-Bayer, the heroine of
Tadeusz Borowski’s Farewell to Maria.