The narrator of the entire collection of short stories. Tadek is Polish and therefore a “privileged” prisoner at Auschwitz. He works a variety of jobs at camp, such as unloading the prisoners from the transport trains, working on a farm, and working as an orderly in the camp’s hospital. He is hardened by camp life but still tries to help other prisoners when he can. He is determined to survive Auschwitz so that he can be reunited with his fiance.
Henri is described as being a fat Frenchman. He works in the Canada kommando, unloading prisoners and their possessions from the trains at Auschwitz.
The rabbi in the bunk directly below Tadek is withered and drenched in his own excrement. His moaning annoys Tadek and Henri.
A Russian prisoner who works in the Canada kommando in “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.” He chokes a woman when she refuses to take her child with her off of the train and is praised by the SS man for his work. In “A Day at Harmenz,” Andrei works on the farm and tries to teach two Greek prisoners how to march. When the Unterscharfuhrer sees that the Greeks cannot march, he tells Andrei to kill them.
The blonde Jewish girl
(The entire section is 575 words.)