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Auschwitz by Miklós Nyiszli
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Jun 23, 12

Read in May, 2012

Even though the events in this book are gruesome, they need to be told, and read, so that no one ever forgets what happened at Auschwitz or anywhere else during the Holocaust. The fact that it's an eyewitness account of a Jewish doctor and prisoner makes the book extremely important. Dr. Nyiszli volunteered himself, thus sparing his life, and became the research pathologist to Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous "Angel of Death," to carry out medical experiements and autotopsies on twins and dwarfs. He became a member of the Sonderkommando, the specially qualified and privileged group of prisoners, about 860 males, who worked exclusively in the creamatoriums. The full horror of the Nazi death camps is revealed by Dr. Nyiszli as he details what went on everyday in Creamatorum 2 where he worked, the four or five ways the S S guards exterminated tens of thousands of Jews, gypsies and Czechs, the mentality of Mengele, and the personal struggle that he, himself, went through as he helps the hated enemy. The foreward by Bruno Bettelheim is eloquent as he questions why the Jews so willingly went to their deaths. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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