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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In this gripping graphic novel, artist Pascal Croci tells the horrifying story of the World War II concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Using the fictional story of a couple, Kazik and Cessia, who lose a daughter at the camp and barely survive themselves, Croci depicts the horror and brutality of the Holocaust in grim, searing, black-and-white illustrations. Based on...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 1st 2000)
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Jeremy Miller
From a young age I've always had an interest in the holocaust, which that statement might seem morbid or wrong,but my interest comes from the psychological point of view. I probably finished this book within the first hour of opening it, due to various reasons, such as the authors rendition of the Nazis, and turns on a light on how concentration camps were actually ran. I feel its common for one to ask a survivor " How did you survive?" which places there fate inside the hands of the Nazi, which...more
Adalira Morningstar
2.5 stars. When will you give us the ability to rate using half stars? C'mon, Goodreads. Get your shit together.

I'd like to begin this by admitting that not being blown away by this graphic novel makes me feel like such a dick. You know what I mean? I feel like I'm instantly a shitty person for criticizing something based on interviews with Holocaust survivors but at the same time, I don't believe we should hand out free passes just because a book deals with a certain subject. (And now I sound...more
Josh Cook
Kazik and Cessia take me on a journey through the hard times of Auschwitz. Grippingly sad when the loss of there daughter pushes them to a breaking point. Barely surviving themselves this was a decently well book and it can be harsh to think about that reality was actually like that for both of them and any Jew in the holocaust. The chilling grip of this book was how there was no color in the illurstarations it gives you that depressed and desperate feel for the genral tone of the book. All and...more
Katie Cruel
Oh God the inaccuracies.

You can't just watch "Schindler's List" and use that as your historical research basis. You just can't. Because although it's a great movie, it's just that, *a movie.*

Jarringly notable things I noticed were incorrect uniforms for both the guards/the prisoners and the inaccurate attribution of a photograph from the Babi Yar massacre to something that happened in Auschwitz. Seriously?

I'd also like to point out that in the entire history of the camp, there's only one documen...more
Tyler
Jun 02, 2014 Tyler added it
I can't say that i "liked" this book but I did. Like the things that happen in it aren't things that the healthy human mind should like. Croci is brutal on what he desires the reader to see and imagine. The story follows a couple of fictional characters named Kazik and Cessia who lose a daughter at the camp (Auschwitz.) It tells their story and what they must do to survive. I would recommend this to everyone that wants to read or likes books/comics about the Holocaust.
Tony Cafiso
Auschwitz is a story about a Jewish family trying to survive the extermination camp, Auschwitz. It follows them from the point that they enter the camp until they are on their way to the gas chamber, when their camp is liberated. I thought the art in this book was very interesting. It was all drawn in pencil black and white, but it didn't lose its effect because of it. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested by the stories of the Nazis.
Aj
Jun 04, 2014 Aj added it
I thought this book was really good. It is sad that it is true as to what happened but it was well written. I defiantly would recommend this to anyone who is into history and wants to know anything more about Auschwitz or any other WW2 stories.
Anthony Amorelli
This was a pretty good book on the perspective of the inmates of auschwitz. It showed how they feel about what's going on and what they try to do about it. The artwork was very cool and also helped tell the story more.
Paige Davis
This frame-story graphic novel combines the two separate stories of a husband and wife as they reflect on their experience in the Auschwitz extermination and concentration camp. Each of their stories focus on their daughter: Kazik, the husband, recounts his experience finding his daughter alive on the floor of a gas chamber he is ordered to clean out, and Cessia, the wife, recounts their daughter's last days.
I loved this book artistically. The illustrations are completely in black and white, wi...more
Alyse Liebovich
It's hard to say that you "liked" a book of this sort. Croci doesn't hold back with his often violent depictions/illustrations of the terror at Auschwitz. It's gut-twisting to look at, and I found myself, at times, only focusing on the text bubbles and only glossing over the illustrations. The interview at the end [with Croci], which includes excerpts of letters from survivors interviewed for the fictional depiction, was interesting and eye-opening.
Matthew
This does a decent job and the bracketing story with Bosnia is a helpful reminder of why this subject needs to be studied. However with a class if I had to choose a graphic novel for the Holocaust, I'd stick with Maus.
Sarah
Nov 10, 2011 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: reluctant readers learning about the Holocaust
Recommended to Sarah by: Saw it at my school library
I was somewhat disappointed. The story felt very rushed and it was confusing at times who was who. I wouldn't recommend it, really- there are better books about the Holocaust.
Erik Hawksley
This novel wasn't TERRIBLE but it was just kind of okay for me. It follows the story of story of many different characters who are kept in Auschwitz, most of which who have been there for months and their struggle to survive. I really like the art style, like a lot. The characters weren't perfect but they were pretty good and served their purpose. I guess for the me the novel just never truly all came together. It just kinda jumped from one event to the next giving us bits of story here and ther...more
Michael Scott
TODO:

Overall, an interesting work, but too dark and confusing. The main published sources for this work, including—by the author's admission—the movies Shoah (1985) and Spielberg's Schindler's List (1990s), and the graphical novel Maus, are perhaps better accounts.

+ the topic of human genocide, in this case the Shoah, is unfortunately timeless
+ the treatment is novel for the medium: a realistic, dark, humorless, dehumanized depiction of life in one of the infamous extermination camps
+ "the freed...more
David  Despain
This was a good portrayal of the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz. Honestly, it is probably one of the darkest graphic novels I have seen or read. I have certainly bumped into a lot of disturbing ones, but this was a different kind of disturbing. It was haunting in a way, and it made me uncomfortable, which was most likely the intention of said novel. Honestly, any holocaust related media bothers, not only from living in German, but it almost manages to fill me with fear. Truly, though this...more
Kellie Wagner
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read. For that reason, I liked the form. However, it seems symbolic to have drawn out, longer books about the holocaust rather than quick reads. The pictures are also very violent, which portrays the correct message, but seems to lack depth without more history included.

The book was a fictional story about the holocaust. The pictures are gruesome black and white sketches, and because some of the plot overlaps and the characters are hard to differentiate...more
Jana Merrill
Wow, for a graphic novel that was extremely dark. The whole book has absolutely no color, all of the drawings are in black and white. The pictures were beautifully drawn, and yet extremely disturbing. But, I think that it was extremely appropriate that the drawings lacked color because I feel like that accurately portrays an the horrid things those prisoners had to go through.. I did like that the author used a real life story of a family that went to Auschwitz, it made the story more real to me...more
stephanie
so i picked this up in my random wandering in the YA graphic novels section of the library and i found it . . . strange. i had a had time following the narrative - there are three plots running through, and it's hard for me to figure them out in the beginning.

i'm not a huge fan of the art either - it almost seemed too overdone with the skeletal features, etc. i suppose because you can do so much more in art than you can with real photos . . .

the interview with the author at the end really dist...more
Kaylee
Auschwitz is a historical fiction graphic novel based on the extermination/concentration camp, Auschwitz. The book speaks of real events and happenings at the camp, but the characters are fictional. The main characters are a couple, Kazik and Cessia. They lose their daughter in the camp, and are two of the lucky few who survived Auschwitz.

I enjoy the pictures in graphic novels, but I find them harder to read and feel that the story is more choppy. Nonetheless, I thought this book did a great jo...more
Julie Suzanne
Jul 29, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who are interested in disturbing, detailed, realistic representations of depravity & violence
The only redeeming quality of this graphic novel is the bonus material at the end: interviews with Croci that reveal what he was trying to do, even though he didn't accomplish any of it well. This is by far the least effective and most poorly written piece of work on the subject that I have yet encountered.

I did get to see an aspect of camp life from a new angle, though: Croci graphically depicts the gas chamber from within, minutes after the last victim's breath, and casually shows the job tha...more
Robert Beveridge
Pascal Croci, Auschwitz (Abrams, 2002)

I finished Auschwitz over a month ago and I'm still trying to figure out what to say about it. It's not that it's a bad book, per se. In fact, it's a pretty good one. I just wonder why. (And judging by Croci's afterword, I'm not the first to do so by any means.) The story, in two parts, deals with a family's trials and tribulations at Auschwitz; the father on one side of the camp, the mother and daughter on the other. The artwork is stark, almost fearful, th...more
Kirsten
I have to admit, I was a bit put off from the beginning by the cover of this book. The beautiful, big-eyed waif on the cover is an arresting image, but I was a little uncomfortable with what felt like a kind of "concentration camp chic."

The rest of the book belies this; I don't believe that Croci intended to romanticize the Holocaust at all. The book, however, still struck me as flawed. I found the plotting confusing and somewhat meandering, and the attempt at the beginning and end to relate the...more
Dustyloup
In English below.

Quel bd noir - oui, bien sur vue le sujet- il n'y avais aucun rayon de soleil dans le dessin ou les mots. Tant que américaine j'aime bien l'idée d'une graine d'espoir que pousse malgré la tragédie - mais les seules graines était les cendres qui tombaient comme la neige. Pas émouvants ; simplement tristes.

What a dark graphic novel! Yes, of course it would be based on the subject. Still, there were no glimmers of hope in this book - neither in the drawings nor the words. As an A...more
Tim
Aug 10, 2011 Tim added it
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I see little value in a fictionalized account of the Holocaust, particularly considering the many in denial. Frankly I think an artist writing a fictionalized account needs to balanced what is gained vs what is lost when deciding whether to write fiction or non-fiction. In this case the story comes across flat, emotionless, tepid and lifeless. The art is it's only saving grace, although it would have benefited greatly by not attempting to portray the Kapo's and German perpetrators as monsters. T...more
Melanti
I did a double take when I saw the title of this one in the graphic novels section of the library. It's such an unexpected topic that I just had to check it out.

I LOVE the artwork. It's very fitting for the subject matter. And the first few pages of the book as a whole were fantastically chilling...

Yet somehow it quickly descended into melodrama -- which given how horrifying the subject matter is, takes a LOT of work and truly isn't necessary.

I can see the argument for accepting fictional books...more
Bret Sarbieski
Auschwitz is a heartbreaking story that tells of the concentration camps in Nazi Germany during WWII. While the main couple is fictional, the actions taken in the story are most certainly not. The artwork of the story is incredible, which adds to the horrifying and saddening effect that the book prtrays. Despite the message and the topic of the story, I highly reccomend this book. The artwork really portrays and accurate depiction of what it must have been like to be in those death camps. In my...more
Carmen
This is a re-read for me. I read it back in 2010 and thought it was interesting how an author created a serious portray of Auschwitz through comic strips. Now, after I have visited Auschwitz and having read "La Bibliotecaria de Auschwitz" by Antonio Iturbide which deals with the "family camp"; I see this book with a whole new light. Croci's images and storyline, although a little grotesque; truly transported me back to that place and time. I was quite shocked and moved by the story and could fee...more
May
Jul 03, 2010 May rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I recommend going to Poland and visiting Auschwitz.
I feel that the author could have done a lot more with this book, especially with this subject. I question some of the accuracy, but for the most part, it lines up with what I had seen last summer in Poland. There wasn't any mention of the other atrocities that the Nazis carried out, such as the firing squad, the suffocation cells, etc. The art was...eh, but this may just be due to the fact that I had just read two Shawn Tan graphic novels. Additionally the characters seemed a little flat and so...more
Jeroen Berndsen
Beautifully and harrowingly drawn, but never quite as impressive as other graphic novels or comics about the holocaust. For some reason I have tremendous difficulty connecting with either story or characters, and the homogenous expressions tend to bug me after a while. I'd recommend Spiegelman's Maus over this one any day. Nevertheless, for anyone interested in comics about the holocaust, Auschwitz is essential to look at, even more because it has some sort of 'making of' in the back with interv...more
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