Judgement in the Grey Zone: the Third Auschwitz (Kapo) Trial in Frankfurt 1968

  title={Judgement in the Grey Zone: the Third Auschwitz (Kapo) Trial in Frankfurt 1968},
  author={Ren{\'e} Wolf},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={617 - 635}
  • René Wolf
  • Published 9 November 2007
  • Law
  • Journal of Genocide Research
When is a victim a perpetrator? In the case of prisoner-functionaries in Nazi concentration camps, this question is difficult to answer. Primo Levi, writing in The Grey Zone, certainly exculpates the Sonderkommandos in the crematoria and gas chambers: “Therefore, I ask that we meditate on the story of ‘the crematorium ravens’ with pity and rigour, but that a judgement of them be suspended.” But on the status of the Kapos, the prisoner-functionaries selected by the SS to carry out supervisory… 
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