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(en) anarkismo.net: Prometheus and the gray belt by Kostas Despinaiadis
Sun, 3 Jun 2018 10:50:38 +0300
It is our duty today to dissolve as far as possible these "gray zones", the killer and the
victim not to be embraced. ---- On the Prometheus rock, we know whose fate we identify.
---- Prometheus and the gray belt ---- Speaking of the "gray belt" in The Swallowed ones
and the survivors of Primo Levi say that the most extreme figure of the concentration
camps is the Sonderkommando (special group), the Jewish prisoners whom the Nazis had
assigned the management of gas chambers and crematoriums. Their job was to drive the
prisoners into the gas chambers, then take the bodies out, wash them, take the golden
teeth, cut the hair of the women, make the sort of clothes and footwear, transport the
carcasses to the crematoria, and finally empty the ovens from the remains of ash.
The organization of these groups, claimed by Primo Levi, has been the most terrible crime
of national socialism, because it has dissolved the binary, good-evil binary scheme that
we all have in our mind, this deduction, with which we can interpret, even simplistically,
the controversy of those because it created a "gray zone" with an inconspicuous outline
that at the same time separates and connects the two worlds: the world of the demoniac and
the world of the victims (Sonderkommando itself did not get away from the common fate of
the enclave, as the Nazis were taking care of their own extermination).
And this binary scheme, at a psychological level, was achieved by creating coexistence ties.
Hungarian-born Miklós Nyiszli, one of the few Sonderkommando survivors, saved a unique
testimony: he was once in a "break from work" in a soccer match between a team of SS and a
group of Sonderkommando. In the role of the spectators, the other members of both teams,
applauding each one of his team, are betting who will win, as if this fight was to be on a
normal provincial stadium rather than at the entrance of hell.
In the depths of this "cease-fire," this "break from work," says Miklos Nyiszli, we hear a
devilish laugh: "We did it, you are no longer the other race, the race, the enemy of the
millennium Reich. We embraced you, we corrupted you, we drag you to the bottom with us.
You are like us, stained by your own blood, like us. And you, like us, like Cain, have
killed your brother. Come on, we can play together. "
Throughout the recorded human history, but today, in conditions so different each time but
always tragic, can we distinguish this dangerous complicity? Do we understand who and how
they can, unconsciously, perform the role of those "special groups"?
In Prometheus Bound there is not only Zeus and the punished Prometheus. There is the
vulture, the Violence and the State chaining Prometheus, Hephaestus who has made the
Our duty today is to dissolve as far as possible these "gray zones", the killer and the
victim not to be embraced.
On the Prometheus rock, we know whose fate we identify.
(introductory note to Panoptiki # 23)
Related Link: http://stratigos-anemos.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/blog-post.html
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