Druggist of Auschwitz
Dieter Schlesak’s haunting novel The Druggist of Auschwitz—beautifully translated from the German by John Hargraves—is a frighteningly vivid portrayal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of criminal and victim alike.
Adam, known as “the last Jew of Schäßburg,” recounts with disturbing clarity his imprisonment at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Through Ada
Today, as we become fully sanitized to the "torture porn" landscape, we can ignore even the ...more
I have read a lot of fiction and nonfiction about the Holocaust and its aftermath; I find this book indescribable. As I suppose it should be, given its subject. It feels strange to give it five stars. Reading it was a disturbing and horrifying and powerful experience. I think that perhaps what made it so horrifying was its c ...more
If only The Druggist of Auschwitz were fiction. The book’s sole imaginary character, however, is the narrator, Adam Salmen. Said to be the “last Jew of Schässburg,” (now Sigişoara, Romania), Adam’s occasional commentary coils through ghastly fact.
The core of the book is Dieter Schlesak’s arrangement of witness testimony and historical research about the 1963-1965 Frankfurt A ...more
So says Adam Salmen, a fictional narrator in Dieter Schlesak's The Druggist of Auschwitz: A Documentary Novel . But what Salmen and others imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II got "used to" is staggering, so much so that it continues to shock the world decades later. Children grabbed by their legs and smashed into walls. Infants catapulted alive into trenches in which dozens of corpses have been set afire. Mussu ...more
I decided not to finish this book, though I did read the first 200 pages or so.
It's not that I can't handle hearing about the Holocaust. In fact, this book was a successful read for me in that it prompted me to look up more about Victor Capesius, the true-life "druggist" at Auschwitz.
Bottom line, it's gruesome to realize that a man trained to prepare and dispense medications instead took charge of storing and dispensing the Zyklon B gas that ...more
The Druggist of Auschwitz:A Documentary Novel, is a mature read, despite the fact that some of it is fiction. While I did enjoy the book as a whole and the knowledge I received from it, I would not recommend it to young children. With that said; I came upon this book by accident, as I browsed through the shelves at my local library. I was curious and excited (I'm a little geeky) and couldn't wait to start reading. However, when I first started reading it and flipping throug ...more
I did learn a few things about how the Germansand go ...more
This novel is a combination of fictional prose and true testimony of holocaust survivors and perpetrators. While it has proven to be, at times, gripping and heartbreaking, The Druggist was awfully slow moving, plodding along, bogged down by details of testimonies. This novel has moments that got under my skin, horrifying depictions of the tortures and murders at Auschwitz, moments of hope ( ...more
This is an extremely difficult book to read -- not just because of the horrific subject matter, but in it's presentation. Most of the time, you have no idea who is talking or how these people are related. At times it's very repetitive. I'm not entirely sure why this is listed a fiction, considering that most of the text is lifted straight from the Auschwitz Trial transcripts or from interviews. It would have been better as a straight non-fiction book.
Un racconto condito da deposizioni a vari processi, che racconta ancora una volta l'orrore di Auschwitz.
E quando credi di aver letto e sentito tutto, arrivano libri come questo a farti capire che mai nessun racconto, documentario o testimonianza potranno descrivere completamente la tragedia dei lager nazisti della seconda guerra mondiale.
Disturbing yet so much an important piece of our history that we should never forget. Really if you look around, someone you know had relatives, friends, business partners etc who know of someone lost to this genocide.
Problem is it could easily happen again... let us never forget.