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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (April 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435713214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435713215
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,294,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paula Green on May 13, 2008
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This question, "How could they do that and not do something to stop it?" has rumbled in my mind since I first heard about the Holocaust. It is a painful subject, but this book, based on research, helps us to see the insidious nature of going along with authority. The book eases us gently into a family living in the present but takes us on a journey to a time when there really was 'hell on earth.'
I highly recommend this historical fiction.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Young on March 11, 2011
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After Albert Stohl's wife passes away, he fulfills a promise to her by telling his children the truth about his past. During World War II, Albert worked as an engineer, creating, installing and maintaining the crematoriums in Auschwitz.

Wonderfully written, this book explores the question of failing to act amidst horrible circumstances. Albert and his family come to life through his vivid descriptions and character development. This is an interesting book written from a little explored viewpoint. Overall, I highly recommend.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By piratemama on April 14, 2011
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If you want a quick easy thoughtless read, - don't pick this one. If you want a story that draws you in, deepens your understanding of one of the most hideous events in history, and compells you to think long after it is over - this one is for you!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raymond H. Mullen VINE VOICE on February 28, 2011
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What a great read! I have read much on this tragic time in history but the author takes you a totally new route as he leads you through the life of a character he calls Albert Stohl. Albert was not a victim of the holocaust, but a somewhat willing participant. Be careful not to judge him too quickly.
Probably one of the strongest feelings in our lives is that of self survival. We all have a tendency to do what is best for ourselves. So did Albert.
I hate the inhumane actions of the so called humans that were responsible for and carried out the horror of the German concentration camps. There is and never will be any way of justifying how low mankind fell during that terrible time.
However, what if we were caught up into this period and were German? Would we be brave enough to stand up against Hitler and the Nazi's. I hope I would, but who knows?
This book will take you deeper into the emotion and horror of those condemned and those that condemned them. I understand this is the first book that has been written by this author, and if it is all I can say is "Keep writing!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Bowman on December 31, 2011
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This fictional account of a man who worked designing and maintaining crematoriums for the German's in the World War Two, is well researched and has many details that are not fiction at all. The author uses a first person view point that is filled with humility, and treats the difficult subject as sensitively as I have ever read.

I think it's very true what the author says in his notes, that if we are to prevent another Holocaust we must understand why it happened and why seemingly normal people went along with it. This book is an attempt at understanding that and I believe that is a worthy effort.

The style of writing is almost flawless and the pages turn quickly. It's amazing to me that such a horrible topic can be addressed without turning away from the inhumanity. I believe we need much more of an interaction and discussion on this subject, not so much from the victims of the Holocaust but from the perpetrators.

I am not Jewish, I am part German and part Italian, though my ancestors have been in the United States for generations and my father was in the U.S. army in the war. But the truth is that it was some of my very extended family that was partly responsible for what happened and for that I have always felt guilty and even somewhat responsible. I ask myself how could it be that relatives of my dad, for example, who was a very compassionate man, actually committed such acts of horror?

The fact is that I am very afraid that we today have forgotten what we, as a human race, have done in the very recent past. We have waged war casually over and over again in my lifetime. We have mistook the small things we define as differences in people we don't know as sufficient to kill them, and forgotten how that minimizes us as human beings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Whitty on February 7, 2011
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I have read numerous books on the holocaust, but never one told from this point of view. I have read stories from survivors, stories about medical experiments, about people who tried to help Jews, but this book was different. There is a lot of detail about the crematories that I hadn't read in other books, and the story is told from the perspective of a German who at first doesn't know what the crematories he is helping to build and maintain are really going to be use for. Then when he finds out he doesn't know how to get out of his situation. The book is well written and I was trying to finish it last night...staying up WAY later then I planned. I couldn't put it down. I was completely caught up in the character's story. From what I read in the description, this is Collins first novel. If this is an example of his talent as a writer, I look forward to seeing more from him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MWH from NC on March 4, 2011
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I was glued to this book and all its horrid happenings. Felt like a true life-experience by the author.
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