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The Kingdom of Auschwitz

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  199 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A short and thoroughly accurate history of the Auschwitz concentration camp, this compelling book is authoritative in its factual details, devastating in its emotional impact.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 19th 1994 by Harper Perennial
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Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
At barely 100 pages, this book--actually a chapter from a larger work so more accurately an essay--is a very easily accomplished read. As you may guess from the title, its focus is Auschwitz, and it goes over the orders to start building this death camp to the evacuation when the Red Army approached. It's very concise, and never lingers on one thing for too long--although having read it and learned more information about these goings on, I am interested in learning more. The book was so engrossi ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-school
This is an excellent mini-history of Auschwitz, covering all the salient points in a mere 100-odd pages. I, who have read over 250 books on the Holocaust, learned something from this book in spite of its short length. I would especially recommend this to people who need to know about Auschwitz but aren't up for intensive study on the subject. I had to read this for a World War II history class.
Swati Mahapatra
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short but effective. A really great glimpse into the authoritarian regime and its inner workings. Filled with subtle descriptions of the ironies and horrors during the camps.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The only thing I have to say is if you don't like reading strictly facts, I wouldn't recommend reading this book.
Alexa McTernan
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favorite memoir I read this semester!
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Of all the literature I have read on Auschwitz, this may have been the shortest, but it was the broadest in terms of disclosing the roots, history and back story of how Auschwitz came into existence. Additionally, the author paints a painfully detailed recount of life and death for those who found themselves behind the barbed wire death camp. The images the author conjures are haunting and horribly vivid, but it's an important part of history that will soon have no living survivors to testify as ...more
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it
I took a break from all the fiction I've been reading to read this book. I had some spare time at work and thought it could be useful the next time I teach about the holocaust. The book is not very long, I was able to read in a few hours. It is well written, informative, easy to follow and interesting, although obviously heartbreaking and depressing at the same time. It is very readable for a nonfiction account, I learned a lot, and I think I could actually use portions of it with my students to ...more
Linda Scherr
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Ah, this is hard to read, as it should be... we are traveling to Auschwitz this fall and this was on the recommended book list. It is short (100 pages) and gave me enough of the flavor of what happened there and the organization of the camp, that I feel my experience of going there will be enhanced. It is not a current book, but the history unfortunately doesn't change so it is entirely relevant today.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short 100 page read that concisely describes the horrors of Auschwitz. The insane thinking behind the building and operation of the camp is aptly captured. The horror is that the genocides have continued in Cambodia, Rwanda and the Sudan. It seems history is doomed to repeat itself.
Teri Smith
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I visited Auschwitz earlier this month, and this is an excellent companion to the visit. I recommend reading this before you visit. Even if you're not planning a visit, it's an excellent (though difficult) historical read.
Nov 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book is about Auschwitz, a concentration camp during the Holocaust. These type of books are always heart breaking to read, but also very educational. I'm glad I read it, but once was enough for me.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Friedrich notes his sources in the last few pages of the book, but a lack of citations throughout the book make it difficult to know where he got his information. It is still a brief and interesting read on Auschwitz II.
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For a book with less than 200 hundred pages, it is packed with facts about Auschwitz. It's remarkable how vast this camp one. If you are interested in WWII or you are looking to expand your knowledge, this is a great place to start.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This acid whisper will always be personally linked with a short story by Cortazar. Destiny assumes a more moribund posture in this context.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book opened my eyes to whole new facts I did not know. I thought I knew a lot about Auschwitz, this books showed me I was wrong.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Great book about Auschwitz; quotes from many other books/memoirs in this book.
Edwina Callan
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
One of several books that I donated to the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum for their on site Library of Holocaust books.
The cover photo never fails to put tears in my eyes.
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Almost impossible that a book this small contains all of the horror of the most evil place in history, but it does....
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holocaust
Profound. Very good.
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Otto Friedrich was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard, where his father was a political science professor. He took a while to find his literary stride. His career took him from the copy desk at Stars and Stripes to a top writing job at Time, with stops in between with the United Press in London and Paris and with The Daily News and Newsweek in New York.

But it was the seven years he spent wi
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