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Hecatomb

 

an ancient Greek sacrifice, originally consisting of 100 oxen; later “hecatomb” came to mean any major public sacrifice. Hecatombs were offered in Athens during the most important holiday, Panathenaea, which was celebrated during the month of Hekatombaion (late July and early August). In the figurative sense, the term “hecatomb” denotes the many victims of war, terror, an epidemic, and the like.

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Drawing on his own intimate experience with broad swaths of the camp's life, together with the testimonies of other inmates, Langbein magisterially conveys what is often obscured by the macabre gas chambers and vast hecatombs of the victims--that Auschwitz was run by human beings making choices and that its every victim had an individual face and name.