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Hitler's Ovens

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Estrujante relato de una sobreviviente de los campos de Auschwitz y Birkenau. Dantesca visión de cinco chimeneas arrojando el humo de la carne quemada de centenares de miles de seres humanos, entre ellos los padres y los dos hijos de la escritora.

Obra sin eufemismos, crónica auténtica y documentada del sadismo organizado, de la brutalidad sistematizada, de la monstruosa p
Paperback, 189 pages
Published 1947 by Avon Book Division (first published 1946)
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Petra X
Olga Lengyel lived through seven months of hell in Auschwitz when she chose to accompany her husband into deportation in Germany from Poland where they lived. Their children and her parents went too, and all except Olga Lengyel were murdered by the Nazis. Her husband, Dr. Lengyel, had been accused of crimes of resistance, and it seems to be her perspective is a little different from most survivor accounts. She does say that Jews and Gypsies were chosen for the worst treatment and extermination, ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olga Lengyel published this haunting first-hand survivor account of her 7 months in Auschwitz two years after WWII ended.

Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz is hands down the saddest and most shocking book that I have ever read and is told in a matter of fact way, by a strong women who held on to survival after losing her family in order that she could tell this story to the world.

After the book was published, Albert Einstein wrote to Lengyel saying -- “... Thank you for your very frank,
Ian Mellark
Que libro tan fuerte! Es increíble leer algo tan intenso y perturbador que sucedió hace no mucho! Increíble ver como se puede deshumanizar a las personas (victimas) y como pueden ser tan poco humanas otras personas (victimarios)... Qué triste que esto pasara. No puedo evaluar este libro, pues es algo tan fuerte y real que simplemente no puedo.
May 15, 2012 Krisaundra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of life in the death camps of Auschwitz. Written in such a way that without going into graphic detail that could make one's stomach churn, it still manages to paint a picture so vivid of life within the death camps of Hitler's Germany that it leaves one feeling as if they were talking face to face with the brave woman who tells this true story of her survival of many years in camps where few lived more than weeks or months. Yet within every terrible moment sh ...more
Jan 29, 2011 Anastacia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sat here for several minutes, not knowing where to begin writing this review. It's a serious book & deserves a serious review, but that's not my review or blogging style. I write like I talk - casual, chatty, and a little bit of babble. This book is about how one woman survived Hell - Auschwitz & Birkenau. I read history because history is more interesting then fiction half the time, and how does that old quote go? Something about learning about the past so you aren't doomed to repeat ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.
The victims of the Holocaust are commemorated every year on this day.

And it just so happened that on this special day, I finished reading jewish survivor Olga Lengyel's testimony about her experiences in Auschwitz-Birkenau, since her deportation in May 1944, together with her husband, their son and their newly adopted son, and her par
Andrés Velázquez
Lectura obligada. El partido nacional socialista de Alemanía creó una idiología de odio fundada en el etnocentrísmo. No se puede permitir de ninguna manera que prevalezca ninguna idea que tenga similitud con la equivoca teoría del superhombre ario.

Olga Lengyel cumple con este libro su misión de advertir a la gente del peligro de que pueda repetirse una situación similar al adoptar las ideas del odio y del racismo. Así mismo nos deja como legado una visión clara del infierno, lugar real que exist
Apr 22, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is haunting, evocative and acutely unforgettable. I became interested in the holocaust after watching the movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I first read the book that was tied to the movie and was so horrified by the `story' I had to learn more.

I began by first reading Night by Elie Wiesel which for an introduction into the holocaust and all that entailed I was captured by not only the evil behind the massacre but also the strength and spirit of the prisoners held captive. My hear
Nov 16, 2009 Nitya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found an old copy of this book from 1947 at a local thrift store. Picked it up because the title made me curious. It was very, very difficult to read a first hand account of the horrors of Auschwitz written by a woman who survived the camps, and written so soon after the experience. My heart ached and my mind reeled as the author described the depravity of the Nazis and the horrible, horrible suffering inflicted upon all who went to the camps- Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, communists. Olga Lengy ...more
Jorge Diaz
Jul 28, 2011 Jorge Diaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español
¡Imposible encontrar las palabras adecuadas para describir tanta atrocidad e indignación! Incluso también, por momentos, difícil de creer que haya habido gente capaz de hacer tal cantidad de cosas en pleno siglo XX, aunque, indudablemente, sabes que todo lo allí plasmado es completamente cierto. Lo recomiendo totalmente, es un libro que, a pesar de todo, resulta fácil de leer y permite conocer un poco más algunas de las cosas sucedidas durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Jun 27, 2015 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five Chimneys is one of the most detailed accounts of Auschwitz that I have read. I finished this right before I toured Auschwitz and having the account so fresh in my mind made even more of an impact as I toured the camp and thought about what those poor souls went through while living there. At the end of the book there were quite a few photographs, so this is one that might be better read in book form than an ebook.
Feb 21, 2015 Debbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olga Lengyel was an exceptional woman to experience all she did and survive. She spent years in one of the worst camps, lost her children, her mother, and later her husband but still she had hope. How would you, seeing hundreds or thousands of people go into the gas chambers everyday? But she did and she made it out to write this book so that the world would know what happened; so that it would never happen again.
Jirinka (sony08)
This is one of my keeper books. True story of a woman who ended up in Auschwitz and survived only thanks to her knowledge of the german language...

I had to stop at times to process what I have just read as she doesn't hold back in the detailed description of what was going on in the terrible place.

Very well written and a definitely 10/10 for me...
Jan 30, 2010 Katsumi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, war
The book describes in unbelievable detail the author seven-month stay at Auschwitz, which she wrote shortly after this unspeakable ordeal. Olga finds out that the five chimneys she saw on the concentration camp were the crematoriums for the children and the elderly which her children and parents were incinerated in. After woman birthed babies the newborns along with the mothers were taken to the crematoriums as well. The ones that were placed in the concentration camp were stripped, put in rags ...more
Bobbie  Crawford
Five Chimneys
A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz

Written By: Olga Lengyel
Published by Academy Chicago Publishers, Chicago, 1st Ed., 1995, paperback, 231 pages.

Five Chimneys is the authentic testimony of Olga’s hellish journey through the terror and unbelievable horrors of Auschwitz.”BCM

Olga Lengyel was a woman who had been trained as a surgical assistant. She was the wife of a leading Surgeon and their affluent family was well respected in their community. They lived in the city called Cl
Feb 03, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
A riveting, spellbinding, sad, heartbreaking, page-turning read! Olga Lengyel’s memoir of her years as a prisoner of war in Auschwitz and Birkenau during the German occupation is at best brutally honest, forthright and glaringly real. It is truly, truly hard to fathom that people actually survived this very dark period of history. I only wish her family had lived with her and couldn’t even begin to understand how you learn to continue to live on after enduring something like that.

The book is a t
Antonio Rossano Mendes Pontes
An astonishing yet true indictment report against the Nazis that every human being from every corner of the world should have to read. One of the most powerful books I ever read and will surely read. It struck deeply into my body and my soul. This book is the description of utter manifestation of the most genuine devilishness; calculated creepy cruelty against innocent jewish people that in my naive life I could never imagine possible to be practiced by human beings against their brotherhood. Tw ...more
Sharon Huether
Olga and her husband Miklos were a surgical team. They along with thier children and her parents were shipped to Auschwitz in 1944. Olga worked in the infirmary and her husband was sent to a different camp. What she saw was unspeakable horror. A patient came to her and said the Russians will be here soon. She in turn used these simple words and spread then around the camp. He told her to neer forget and to tell the world, so these things will never happen again. She wrote this book so all would ...more
Amber Martin
Feb 02, 2014 Amber Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Not sure where to even begin in an attempt to write a review for this book. I've read many survivor's stories but almost all were from a man's point of view. Reading the story of Olga Lengyel and her survival of Auschwitz-Birkenau I realized something. She was undeniably born with a strength so few possess. To face months and years in those camps and to survive it all blows my mind. To sit down and have a conversation with her would be life changing to say the least. Greatful that she sat down t ...more
I had to read this for my literature class this semester. We didn't technically "read" it, just went over certain sections my professor wanted to elaborate on. Still, I read through about half on it.
As someone whose studied the Holocaust for several years and have heard many varying accounts of its survivors, Olga's story really does have its own unique flavor.

Sad to say, I'm a bit desensitized to all the horrific imagery in this book (be warned, the content is brutally graphic)because I've alr
Feb 02, 2008 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Five Chimneys is about a woman who survived Birkenau-Auschwitz. Needless to say it was fairly disturbing. I had a fever and some book inspired nightmares the night before last and I think it goes without saying that they weren't pleasant. I feel the following excerpt sums up the story better than I could:

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Sep 01, 2015 Debb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
This is one of those books that you don't want to read and you know from the title alone that it is going to be a hard and emotional rollercoaster.

HOWEVER it is a book that has to be read so that our generation and generations to follow will remember what happened to not just the Jewish population, but also Polish, Russian, French and the "undesirables"; Catholics, Jehovah's witnesses, mentally and physically disabled and Homosexual's because they didn't fulfill Hitler's idea of the perfect Ary
Nov 18, 2014 Marco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro fuerte por demas, la manera en que son narrados los hechos en como la escritora perdio todo, como llego a estar en los famosos campos de concentración de Auschwitz - Birkenau, todo lo que tuvo que ver y soportar hasta alcanzar su libertad, son un gran ejemplo de valentia y amor por la vida del cual todos deberiamos aprender.

Al final el libro es tan anecdotico como premonitorio, por que esos lamentables hechos de la historia en ese rincon del mundo, no esta ni remotamente por desaparecer si
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olga Lengyel está feliz con su vida, tiene dos hijos, sus papás aún viven, tiene un esposo maravilloso, y por si fuera poco, ha cumplido su sueño de tener un hospital y atender allí como enfermera. Sin embargo, todos estos sueños se verán aplastados cuando el Tercer Reich comience con su recolección de ‘razas inferiores’. Olga y su marido habían ofrecido ‘asilo’ a varias personas que huían del gobierno alemán, pero ambos se mostraban escépticos ante las historias que les contaban, ni siquiera se ...more
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Estrujante relato de una sobreviviente de los campos de Auschwitz y Birkenau. Dantesca visión de cinco chimeneas arrojando el humo de la carne quemada de centenares de miles de seres humanos, entre ellos los padres y los dos hijos de la escritora.
Obra sin eufemismos, crónica auténtica y documentada del sadismo organizado, de la brutalidad sistematizada, de la monstruosa promiscuidad con que se llevó a cabo el genocidio más desalmado y repulsivo de la historia. Un testimonio irrefutable de los cr
Dec 23, 2015 SAMUEL PARRA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los Hornos de Hitler me dejó un sabor de boca inquietante cuando lo leí. A partir de ese libro comenzó mi interés por el tema del Holocausto y la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Hay una película que te recomiendo "Night and fog", es un documental francés del director Alain Resnais que se estrenó en 1955. Es uno de los primeros materiales cinematográficos que documenta los campos de concentración Nazi. Aunque sólo dura 32 minutos, es suficiente tiempo para apreciar la magnitud de este acontecimiento que ...more
Erikmar Martinez
Apr 16, 2015 Erikmar Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historia
“Al mirar hacia atrás, yo también quiero olvidar. Yo también anhelo la luz del sol, la paz y la felicidad. Pero no resulta tan fácil desechar los recuerdos de la Gehenna cuando han quedado destruidas las raíces de la vida y no se tiene nada vivo a qué poder regresar. Al escribir estas memorias personales, he tratado de cumplir el mandato que me confiaron los muchos compañeros de cautiverio en Auschwitz que perecieron de muerte tan horrible. (…)Pero, francamente, quiero que mi libro signifique a ...more
Osner Rebete
Jul 23, 2014 Osner Rebete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una historia desgarradora y estremecedora. El detalle de la autora es tal, que pareciera inconcebible que haya existido un odio tan visceral contra los judíos.

Todo fue tan bien maquinado para degradar física, moral y psicológicamente a todas sus víctimas, hasta el punto de reducirlos en cenizas. Aún después de todos los relatos que he leído, y los documentales que he visto, parece casi impensable que haya podido suceder algo de tal magnitud y que se haya podido esconder durante tanto tiempo, por
Jun 01, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 estrellas por lo que el libro es y transmite.
Tal vez la narración a veces me confundía pero entiendo que fue la mejor forma para dar a conocer los hechos de una manera mas ordenada.
De la historia particular de la protagonista, odié a ese médico que los mandó al campo y encima tubo el descaro de quitarle la clínica y su casa y lo de su padrino....! es que eso no tiene nombre, que desgraciado!! Después de todo lo que pasó la pobre, incluido mandar por error a sus hijos a la cámara de gas, lo ún
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“That was only the beginning of the Nazi “Production Schedule.” Three hundred and sixty corpses every half hour, which was all the time it took to reduce human flesh to ashes, made 720 per hour, or 17,280 corpses per twenty-four hour shift. And the ovens, with murderous efficiency, functioned day and night. However, one must also take into account the death pits, which could destroy another 8,000 cadavers a day. In round numbers, about 24,000 corpses were handled each day. An admirable production record—one that speaks well for German industry.” 0 likes
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