Tadeusz Borowski - Ladies and Gentlemen to the Gas Chamber

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What We Must Do To Survive

Tadeusz Borowski short story “Ladies and Gentlemen to the Gas Chamber”, is a compelling story based on Tadeusz Borowski own experiences at Auschwitz Concentration Camp. This horrific account at Auschwitz is described though the eyes of a narrator and Henri, one of the forced residents of Auschwitz from Poland. Through the story we see that the narrator and Henri do whatever it takes in order to survive and live a decent life while they are forced to stay at Auschwitz. The narrator and Henri are inmates Auschwitz who have the task of unloading rail cars filled with people and all of their belongings. As we relive the experiences, we will compare and contrast each of their perceptions as these events unfold. We will first start by viewing areas of the story where morals or values are either given up to survive as well as areas where morals or values are continued to be followed, and the consequences that follow. Secondly we will look at how the narrator and Henri handle what they see as the events unfold in front of them. In the story we come across several examples of moral dilemmas. Some characters or people choose to stand up for what is right, while others choose to give up their morals. The reason why some choose to set aside their morals is a simple and easy choice for some. They chose to give up their morals because they (the narrator and Henri being some of these characters) feel it will increase their chances of survival by taking on a task necessary for the operations of the camp to continue. This moral defilement ensures that you will not be able sent to the “smokestack” and guarantee a little bit better camp life then the others that choose to stand up for what is right. We will now look at some examples and quotes from the story that portray the events of those who gave up their morals and those who stood morality. You might ask yourself first, how could people that were not Nazi 's go on killing? Why did they not

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