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Prisoners of Fear by Ella Lingens-Reiner
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Nov 03, 08

bookshelves: personal-writing, history
Read in January, 2007

A doctor in Vienna, Austria—married to a German—Linger-Reiner was sent to Buchenwald for helping Jews leave the country during World War II. Her account is clear-eyed and reasoned to the point of dispassion, the reason for this she explains in her introduction. Her clinical eye details the operation of the camp, the insane reliance on rules and bureaucracy of the Nazis, the interactions of the prisoners based on Nationality and politics, life and death in the infirmaries, and how mundane decisions can create death and suffering. As a doctor, thus valued by those who ran the camp, she was given slightly better treatment and tried to use it to improve conditions—confronted with the reality that those too sick to work would be killed.

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Jeremy Ramirez where did you find it?

Ryan Mishap I used the Inter-library loan system through the public library--they borrowed it from an academic library.

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