The official Faces of Auschwitz website will be going live, soon. Marina Amaral and the good folks at WordPress have been working hard to ensure that it's ready to go live. Unfortunately, a misadventure with my computer and a number of deadlines have kept me from completing a good chunk of copy the website in a timely manner. I hope to correct that over the next few days. In the meantime, Marina has been hosting the Project's work on her personal website.
The story of Gersz Zysking was difficult to write, not because of a glut of terrible details, but due to the fact that little is known about the man, at all. Our goal at Faces of Auschwitz, is to tell the stories of those who were brutally murdered at the hands of Nazi Germany their co-conspirators in KL Auschwitz. The records kept by the camp's administration during the time it was in operation allow us to do this. It is, for me at least, painful work. Viewed through the lens of their concentration camp records, all that can be seen of their lives, in all but the rarest of cases, are the bigotted reasons they were arrested, the hateful way that they were deported from their homes and loosed of their possession and the indignity of their death at the hands of hateful monsters. There is no joy to be found in their eyes; only fear, misery and in a few cases, a flash of defiance.
All we have of Gersz Zysking are his date of birth where he was living when he was taken by the Germans, his induction date to KL Auschwitz and the day that his life was ended in the camp.
My his rest bring him the peace that he did not have in the end of his life.