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Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers Paperback – August 24, 1999
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A very detailed description of day-to-day life, if we can call it that, in Hell's inmost circle...jammed with infernal information too terrible to be taken all at once. (Terrence Des Pres)
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David Irving, the notorious holocaust denier, contends that the Nazis could not have killed eleven million, simply because of the amount of coke/charcoal needed to burn that many bodies. How did that happen in Auschwitz? Muller describes how Master Sergeant Otto Moll (who was in charge of the gas chambers) had the prisoners build large pits to burn an anticipated influx of Hungarians. These pits included brick "channels," which funneled the melted body fat from the fire into large cauldrens. The melted fat was then dumped back on top of the bodies, to encourage the fire & save on coal, fuel oil, and fire wood.
There are dozens--if not hundreds--of books about Auschwitz. Many are better written than "Eyewitness." Just off the top of my head, Borowski's collection of short stories "This Way for the Gas, Ladies & Gentlemen," Wiesel's "Night," Levi's "Survival"--they have better writing. But none of those books grasp the enormity of the sonderkommando experience, because none of those three were in the sonderkommandos like Muller. Similarly, Steiner's "Treblinka" is a more complete picture of the origin and evolution of the gas chambers. But Muller writes what he saw--what he lived--in a way that is unbearably moving. If you want to get a picture of Auschwitz, read this book--and Sara Nomberg-Przuytyk's "Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land."
All that said--let me get down from my high horse.Read more ›
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This book is a tear jerked. I'm reading it for my European History class and it is so sad that it's difficult to read.Published 1 month ago by MacKenzie
This is an incredible book of what actually happened at Auschwitz, because the author actually lived & worked there for 3 years in the middle of the worst time (April 1942 to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. M. C.
Very interesting to read about how he survived and dealt with all the horrible conditionsPublished 3 months ago by Wade Drake