Holocaust survivor’s diary reveals desire for revenge kept him alive

Chilling notes from an Auschwitz inmate forced to help Nazi murder squads have finally been deciphered — almost 75 years after they were written.

Marcel Nadjari penned his account of life in the infamous death camp in 1944 but his manuscript, written in his native Greek, was illegible when it was discovered in 1980 after nearly 40 years spent buried in a damp Polish forest.

The diary has finally been decoded thanks to digital imaging and reveals how Nadjari was one of 2,200 members of the Sonderkommando — Jewish slaves of the SS who had to escort fellow Jews to the gas chambers.

He wrote: “Often I thought of going in with the others, to put an end to this. But always revenge prevented me doing so. I wanted and want to live, to avenge the death of Dad, Mom and my dear little sister.”

Historians say Nadjari stuffed his 13-page manuscript into a Thermos flask, which he sealed with a plastic top. He then placed the Thermos in a leather pouch and buried it.

He wrote: “The crematorium is a big building with a wide chimney and 15 ovens. Under a garden there are two enormous cellars. One is where people undress and the other is the death chamber.”

“They also had to burn the bodies, collect gold fillings and women’s hair, and throw the ashes into a nearby river.”

Prisoners march off to work at Auschwitz.Getty Images

“People enter it naked and once about 3,000 are inside it is locked and they are gassed. After six or seven minutes of suffering they die.”

His accounts also provide intricate details of the sickening ways the Nazis disguised the gas chambers as showers.

“The gas canisters were always delivered in a German Red Cross vehicle with two SS men. They then dropped the gas through openings — and half an hour later our work began,” he wrote.

“We dragged the bodies of those innocent women and children to the [elevator] which took them to the ovens.”

According to the BBC, the notes were found by a Polish forestry student digging at the site 36 years after they were buried.

Russian historian Pavel Polian said only ten percent of the notes could be deciphered when they were first found.

The ink had faded over time and the text was virtually impossible to read.

Prisoners are transported to Auschwitz.Getty Images

“The inmates obviously discussed how many trains had arrived,” Polian told the BBC.

“Nadjari’s desire for revenge stands out — that’s different from the other accounts. And he pays much more attention to…

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