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Sonderkommando

A Sonderkommando (literally a "special command unit") was composed of Jewish forced laborers made to perform some of the most difficult and traumatizing work in the Nazi killing centers. Charged with leading people into the gas chambers, searching dead bodies for valuables, and helping dispose of corpses, the members of the Sonderkommando were routinely killed within a few months in order to keep the details of the killing process secret.