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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account [Kindle Edition]

Miklos Nyiszli , Bruno Bettelheim , Tibere Kremer , Richard Seaver
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Book Description

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death for a grimmer fate: to perform “scientific research” on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the infamous “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele’s personal research pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to give this terrifying and sobering account.

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The best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available The New York Review of Books

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hungarian

Product Details

  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SUO5JA
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231 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A historical read. July 26, 2011
Having just finished this book, I will say that it is a must read. This is a very disturbing look into Auschwitz and the attrocities that took place, under the direction of Mengele. This account, from a Dr. details that number of people massacred and how they were relieved of their lives. This man, for one reason or another, managed to stay alive and recount the life in Auschwitz as no other could. He is detailed in his memories of the place and gives a clear image for the reader to understand. It is one of those books that you don't often find, in which once you start, you simply cannot put it down. Truly one of the best accounts to date, as it has held up under the years.
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249 of 265 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Holocaust Study. October 21, 2001
I have always had an interest in the Holocaust, but until I read this book some fourteen years ago, it had always remained at a distance.
A reputable colleague at work handed me a copy of this book and said `this is worth a read'.
Having begun, I could not put the book down. The book gripped me from start to finish. The story is horrific but, nevertheless, it is a story that we all owe it to ourselves to be familiar with.
The story and the author's experiences were so profound and penetrating that I have spent the last fourteen years studying and reading as much about the Holocaust as I can. I have visited the Concentration Camps at Treblinka, Majdanek, Auschwitz, Birkenau and Plaszov, together with other areas in Poland directly connected with the Jewish Holocaust. I have seen the buildings full of human hair from the Jewish victims, the gas chambers, crematoria and the other hideous instruments of mass murder referred to in this book.
The book by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli will not take you long to finish. The voices of the victims referred to have long since disappeared. Many people today are not even aware of the Holocaust and others deny it's very existence. Books like these, written by people who were actually there, are essential if our this and forthcoming generations are to be made aware of "man's inhumanity to man" and to prevent such a horror from occurring again.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the walk of death August 20, 2011
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For years I have read books, watched movies and studied the reasons why so many people would just walk to their own death at the hands of the SS. So many Jews died because of "business as usual". After reading this book, I have found the answer. Perhaps now I can get over my obsession with that question. Bruno Bettelmeim who wrote the forward to this book has brilliantly answerd that question that evades so many of us.
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103 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Quick and Informative July 27, 2011
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I read this book recently and found it thought provoking and certainly informative. This isn't a classic or great piece of literature. It's a essentially a pretty frank account of the Nazi atrocities as seen through the eyes of a medical professional who worked alongside Dr Mengele in Auschwitz and fought to stay alive. The material is different than the typical camp survivor because the author lived a much different life than the majority of those crammed into barracks.
I found the book worthwhile and I'd read it again. This isn't an all encompassing piece of work about the holocaust, rather a view through the eyes of a survivor who had to watch those around him suffer and perish. I'd recommend it to anyone who already has read a fair bit on the holocaust and wants to see it through a different set of eyes.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank, informative view from a doctor's perspective September 8, 2011
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This book is a very frank account of Nazi atrocities written by a medical doctor who worked as a pathologist for the notorious Nazi war criminal, Dr. Joseph Mengele. By fortunate circumstances the doctor had previous experience dissecting cadavers and this knowledge saved his life. He was chosen by Mengele to help prove the Nazi hypothesis of superior-inferior races and much research was done on the cadavers of twins, midgets, the deformed, etc. to help prove this hypothesis.

This book is different from a typical survivor story as the pathologist lived a much more comfortable existence at Auschwitz than the typical prisoner. He was not housed in a barracks, living a subsistence life. Instead, he lived near the medical laboratory and crematoriums and received adequate food and warm clothing. However, crematorium personnel only lived 4 months then were executed because the Nazi's feared information being leaked to the outside world. This weighed heavily on him and the rest of the staff. Fortunately, Mengele needed his skills and he was spared. He lived as he had to watch those around him perish.

This book was originally written shortly after the war so the doctor's memories were fresh. There are some grammatical or syntax errors but I attribute them to someone new to the English language.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to read about the holocaust who wants a different perspective on the atrocities of the camps.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Nightmare February 1, 2005
Auschwitz, A Doctor's Eyewitness Account, is the horrific story of what life, if one could call it that, was like inside of the crematoriums at Auschwitz as told by an inmate doctor who performed gruesome operations "under the supervision of the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele." Even though this doctor was working under the constant threat of death, and even though we cannot come close to imaging what it was like to have been thrust into this world against ones choice, one cannot help but wonder how he managed to do the things that he did. In my opinion, he certainly did not make himself a sympathetic figure in the same manner as the main subjects of other holocaust books have. However, the strength of this book is the in depth detail it goes into when describing one's horrific existence in the crematoriums and that is why this is a book that must be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than heart tugging
Anyone who wants a first hand account of the utter insanity that occurred in auschwitz needs to read this book.
Published 3 days ago by Katie Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars eye opening
Good book, as much as I wanted to stop reading the ugly truth I knew I had to finish it, good book, would have like a chapter on his life after oh well
Published 3 days ago by Scott B. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story full of excitement and anticipation.
It's a fantastic read, I wish it had been longer and covered his wife and daughter's situation with some more detail.
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Riveting story of horrific events as told from an eyewitness perpective. A real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating
Very very good. Such insight as to what Auschwitz was actually like, what people endured and truly felt. Read more
Published 12 days ago by C. Kot
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to forget
This book tells more of the details of the extermination during WWII than sometimes told. However, as Bettelheim mentioned, it sometimes seems too horrifying that the author could... Read more
Published 12 days ago by nancy G. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding- in an unfortunate way.
I can't even express the gravity of this book. The intensity of the lessons this has to offer is astounding. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone interested in historical accuracy in a good read should read...
This book was well written. The author, being an eyewitness, describes the horror of living in a death camp, and watching others being put to death. Read more
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