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This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen: A human’s instinct for survival.

Throughout time, the rights of individuals have been ignored People should be entitled to freedom and equal rights. As stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everybody is born free and equal. The declaration also states, that no human being should be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishments. In Tadeusz Boworski’s novel, “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman” the audience is shown the deprivation of human rights. Tadek, the story’s narrator, who was not a Jew, but a polish poet suffering from depression. Due to his disorder, Tadek is considered to be a political prisoner. He then changes his mind-set due to the changing environment, in which he must survive in. With an absence of morality, he shows that when placed in jeopardous situations, the will to survive destroys humanity and morals. The reader is submerged into the grim world of the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps, where non-Jewish prisoners live a life of luxury as opposed to their Jewish counterparts, where prisoners turn on one another, losing their morality for survival while the human psyche is challenged by imprisonment.
A vast majority of Holocaust literature is written in the view of a Jewish prisoner, however, in This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, the reader is given an appalling view of from the eyes of a polish political prisoner. The story’s narrator is part of the Kommando – the labour gang that is responsible for helping S.S. guards unload the transport trucks full of prisoners headed for either the gas chambers or a labour camp. The novel begins with the narrator describing the thousands of prisoners walking around nude, in the grueling heat because their striped suits are being deloused. This scene gives the reader a preview of the unethical settings in a…...

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