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The Kingdom of Auschwitz
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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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 ...more