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I Was A Doctor In Auschwitz

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The author offers this book as a monument commemorating the events of the years 1940-1945, commemorating Nazi bestiality, Nazi sadism, Nazi inhumanity and the death of their six million innocent Jewish victims. Every individual story, every picture, every description is but a stone in that monument which will stand forever to remind the world of this shameful phase of hist ...more
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published 1984 by Arno Press (first published 1948)
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Jan 03, 2013 M— rated it really liked it
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I had a hard time reading this. It's a slim little publication, not 200 pages, but it took me weeks to complete. I had to omit my original plan to read it during lunch breaks — I couldn't read a paragraph without getting teary, which I'd rather not have happen at work — and I eventually holed up in my bedroom the day this was supposed to be due back at the library to read it in one late night, marathon session.

As for the book itself, it was exactly what it was: a memoir of surviving the Holocaus
I think this book was amazing. This woman really gave every brutal detail that she encountered. I have read a lot of these memoirs feeling that is important to learn these tragic stories and hear their voices. But this book disturbed me more than any other has. She took the time to tell amazing and inspiring stories about these individuals she met, all who wanted to live, only to perish. She was strong and had to do horrible, unthinkable things to save others. She was and remains a hero. I feel ...more
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Mar 16, 2016 Nandita Goswami rated it it was amazing
This has by far been one of the most difficult books I have read till date ! The sheer atrocities committed against humanity will give you goosebumps.
Also, it being a true account gives you an inside picture of life in , not one , but three concentration camps . Definitely makes one thankful for living in the times that one does now.

Edwina Hall Callan
Jan 14, 2014 Edwina Hall Callan rated it it was amazing
The most fascinating book on the Holocaust that I have ever read.

In 2003, a film entitled Out of the Ashes was released. It was based upon the story of Dr. Perl's life, and starred Christine Lahti as Dr. Perl.
It you don't read the book then at least see the movie.
Jan 28, 2010 Barbara is currently reading it
This is a really awesome, powerful book. I have trouble putting it down. It reminds me a lot of Anne Frank.
Dina Marie Gangale
Apr 07, 2010 Dina Marie Gangale rated it it was amazing
This was the most intense book that I have read, ever. I think it is very sad that it is no longer in print and available. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on it, you NEED to read it.
Feb 12, 2017 Baby rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know facts of day to day living in a death camp
Hi FRiends!

I read that Gisella Perl wrote this text quickly, hearing of the ongoing Nuremberg trials and wanting to open up public and military awareness. The ensuing account being both raw and titillating.

“In the latrines, lying in human excrement and before the eyes of their fellow prisoners, men and women were writhing in sexual paroxysm.” This quote from Perl highlights what I most hate and most love about her writing. It is deliberately provocative, yet holds facts I haven’t read elsewhere.
Jan 23, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
It is a true tragedy that this book is no longer in print, everyone should be required to read it. I was lucky to find it through an inter-library loan. Gisella Perl was an amazing woman, a true hero, in every sense of the word. This book is short and while I was completely engrossed in her story and could have read it for days to come, I'm glad it wasn't much longer. Dr. Perl doesn't hold back, she writes of the most horrible and horrific scenes in graphic detail, I was emotionally drained by t ...more
Hetal Desai
Feb 21, 2016 Hetal Desai rated it it was amazing
I was looking for this book for over a year , it's out of print but managed to get a PDF file. An easy quick read with descriptions of the inhumane , abominable treatment of prisoners at Auschwitz. Whether it is the exchange of 3 uncooked potatoes for a bag of diamonds, the ill fitting wooden slippers of different sizes on each foot , foraging for survival necessities in a pile of cadavers , this book paints vivid pictures of the horrors at Auschwitz that stay etched in your mind forever . Brill ...more
Sudeep Laha
May 24, 2016 Sudeep Laha rated it it was amazing
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the best book to describe the actual brutality happened in the Jew camps. Without any veil, the author gave details on the conditions of the Jews.... it’s like a memoir of a holocaust survivor, and one can relate a lot with the Anne Frank journals... the book is small and 190 paged yet is something one cannot finish it quickly because of the dreadful memories stories and inhumane brutality... at many points in the book you will be filled with disgust by the brutality and each one of the detail w ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
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This story is about a Hungarian Jew doctor who was sent to Auschwitz where she stayed until the war was almost over. The chapters are short but each tell about a different person or facet of the stay there in Auschwitz with even a chapter about Irma Greze. Right at the time when Auschwitz was to be liberated the SS took her away and after some time, she ended up at Bergen-Belsen where Liberation finally came.

A very compelling and gripping read.
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