This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen is a collection of twelve stories written by Tadeusz Borowski between 1945 and 1948 and is based on his experiences as a political prisoner in various Nazi concentration camps between 1943 and 1945. It was first published in English in 1967, its stories collected from three separate books published in Poland : We Were in Auschwitz (1946), Farewell to Maria (1947), and A World of Stone (1948). We Were in Auschwitz, which contained the first four stories found in This Way for the Gas (including the story of the same name) was written by former prisoners Janusz Nel Siedlecki, Krystyn Olszewski, and Tadeusz Borowski, but is attributed largely to Borowski. A note in Postal Indiscretions: The Correspondence of Tadeusz Borowski states that Borowski was:
“not only the author of the few stories for which he is known, but also the author of texts based on the other people’s accounts, co-author of most of the other stories, and also of the editing work (preface, dictionary, forewords to the stories, etc.)” .