nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

On the brothel at Auschwitz and the fragility of history

An account of how the recent ill-named rpg mess led to researching the brothel at Auschwitz and establishing that most of what people thought they knew about it was porn fiction myth wrong.

It doesn't surprise me that there are wrong bits and missing pieces in the historical record-- it's hard to find out what's going on, and wishful thinking and preconceptions make it harder.

Link thanks to rm.

Addendum:: twistedchick told me that the male brothel was mentioned in Uris' Exodus (pub. 1983), a very popular novel about the founding of Israel.

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