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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account Paperback – April 1, 2011
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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.
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.
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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One of the few survivors to testify lest this happen again. A cautionary testament of what we can be capable of.Published 2 days ago by FlyAsh
Hard to read that human beings could do those things to other human beings. The lessons revealed about Auschwitz and the holocaust should be required reading as we proceed to pick... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leonard J. Thiel Jr.
Ordinary men make the best killers. The Nazi death squads proved this repeatedly as the cancer of Nazism engulfed Europe during WWII. Miklos Nyiszli was not an ordinary man. Read morePublished 3 days ago by NightRanger
Not a book for the light hearted. The doctor writing literally was just trying to survive and in doing so, served Mengele. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Linda Kaserman
Gripping, insightful and a must read for anyone who dares to understand the potential depth of man's inhumanity to man and
the need to say, "Never Again!
It took me a while to get through it for some of it was gruesome to read, but it was very inlightening. It was a terrible time.Published 6 days ago by Pat Huebscher Pat Huebscher