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Auschwitz by Laurence Rees
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Oct 12, 2009

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This was a very moving and disturbing book. Rees interviewed dozens of Auschwitz survivors, as well as several former Nazi officials. What emerges is a shocking and sobering look at human nature in the midst of world war.

I chose to only give this book three stars because I feel that the title was deceptive. While Auschwitz was certainly a primary focus of this book, I felt that a great deal of the book focused on what led to the creation of the death camps in general. While fascinating, this was not my primary reason for buying the book. I wanted a history of this infamous death camp; not an analysis of the forces within the war that led up to it's creation. Had the book been titled more appropriately and allowing the reader to get a better sense of the journey they were about to embark on I probably would have given the book four stars.
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