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Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival from within the Camp

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Written in Auschwitz itself and translated for the first time ever into English, this one-of-a-kind, minute-by-minute true account is a crucial historical testament to a Holocaust survivor's fight for his life at the largest extermination camp in Nazi Germany.


"We know that there is only one ending to this, only one liberation from this barbed wire hell: death." -- Eddy
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1946)
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy.

Written while Eddy de Wind was a prisoner in Auschwitz, this survival story is one that can’t be missed. Like all Holocaust stories, the atrocities are laid bare, and like with most survival stories, there is always hope, hope and humanity.

More thoughts to come.

Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
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Lou
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There have been many books written of late about world war II experiences; there are those detailing the lead up to the brutal war, those that discuss the war itself and those that talk about the aftermath but never have I read one which was actually written with a pencil and paper whilst both Eddy de Wind and his wife, Friedel, were imprisoned and put to work at Auschwitz. During His 16 month stay, he recorded the occurrences and his feelings about such incidents and I felt incredibly moved to ...more
Tina
This book is very hard to read. I love reading historical fiction book about WWII, so I really want to read this book to see how it really was. I found this book had great information in it. It is not a book you can pick up and read quickly. I found reading a little bit everyday help to really take in all the information in it. I won a hardcover of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion.
Laura
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
The only known memoir written by an Auschwitz survivor, whilst still within the camp. This is a true story which the author sadly did not live to see published and appreciated by the world. However, his legacy continues as his book is becoming ever more popular as the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation has passed.

This memoir reads almost in a fiction like dialogue, but it is still an intriguing glimpse at the many complexities of camp life. The book also features an afterword discussin
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Jo
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Although this story is about one of the most horrific periods in humanity's history, I found it droll and I found it difficult to connect with the author. Its a shame, but after reading many true accounts of WWII I find myself struggling to read books that aren't well written. ...more
Anna
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, read-2020
This was definitely something I usually don't read.

It's a description of Eddy de Winds life at Auschwitz and how he survived it.
It describes the camp and what it was like to be there and what you had to do to survive.

It's different to read someone's story than read about it from school books. This is eye-opening story and worst part for me was the after camp was gone. How people told their stories, what they had seen and done in order to survive, it is awful.

Also, I appreciate de Winds reason fo
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Tam
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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julianne
This book was written while the author was in Auschwitz, and shows the horrors of the camp.

It is in a rash of books about the Holocaust that have been published recently and while informative it is lacking a certain something.

Katie
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
3.5

Using the character of Hans, Eddy de Wind shares his experience from his time within the camp, written on the premise of the Auschwitz complex.

First off, i just want to say that it wasnt written the best. Some sentences seemed off, but for the most part it was ok. This may have have been due to things getting lost in translation, or something equivalent. Also the fact that he isnt an actual writer, but a Häftling, as the book would say. Which brings me to my next point.

Some common words wi
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Nicole
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, memoir
“It is, to me, the ultimate Holocaust testimony” author Heather Morris. It is the ONLY complete testimony to date written inside Auschwitz.

Last Sop Auschwitz is an incredible account of life in one history’s darkest times. Rightly or wrongly, I continue to devour books set during this time, the second world war, so it was no surprise that I bought this as soon as it hit the shelves. The writer of this account is Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, Eddy de Wind. In 1943, De Wind volunteered to work in
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donna craig
i was so disappointed in this book .i had been looking forward to reading but it took me ages to read it was so slow and quite boring .i have read similar books and enjoyed them but not this one
Sharen
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The authenticity, experiences and horrors of Eddy de Wind's accounts are crucial to the history of Auschwitz and that unfathomable time. This book is not a re-telling of his time spent there done months or many years later. It is taken directly from his notebook that he wrote in while at camp weeks following the Red Army's liberation. I also appreciated the notes at the end of the book on the author, the text and insight from the translator. It really brought things together even more.

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Paula
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
Another Auschwitz book read and again another can't put down book! ...more
Vanessa
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx, netgalley-x
Last Stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind was first published January 1st 1946. I am so glad I had a chance to read and review. I found it a hard book to read but so glad I read it. So you will need Tissues and a Lots of them!
It will be a book that will be with me a very long time. I would highly recommend it to people who want to know and and read more about this terrible time in the Second World War. This book is a true story about a prisoner Eddy De Wind: the author is a real-time record of his lif
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Chetna
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eddy De Wind shares his incredible journey of suffering and survival in Auschwitz.

Tricked into thinking he could help his mother, Eddy comes out of hiding and joins the transportation camp. There, he meets Friedel. Soon after they are married they are both sent to Auschwitz.

As a trained doctor Eddy worked in the camp tending to patients. He was also made to do some of the most pain staking jobs a human being is barely capable of. Yet his sheer determination of seeing his wife again sees him th
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Melanie Haynes
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is such an enlightening read. To see the perspective of the camp and the systematic cruel treatment of the Jew's from inside the perspective of someone who was in the camp, written while the events were fresh is an eye opening experience. We all know of the atrocities but rarely get a glimpse inside the minds of those in the camps. I recommend this book as a read for anyone. It is a great learning tool into humanity and how actions of a few can effect many. Given the state of the world at t ...more
Janette Schofield
I couldn't put this book down, Eddy's account of life in Auschwitz, whilst in the camp, was really hard to read at times. There was a few moments where I had to pause from reading as I couldn't comprehend what life must have been like. I did find the hope and love between himself and Friedel a really interesting aspect. Those brief moments of happiness that they had together during this awful time really did show that there can be light in the darkest of times.

This book will stick with me for a
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Aby Rose
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The afterword of this memoir is by John Boyne (the author of The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas) and the following two quotes summarise this memoir by Eddy de Wind...

"A unique insight into a tragedy that, more than any other event, defines the twentieth century."

"I've found myself astonished by how deeply the daily events of camp life emblazoned themselves on the minds of the survivors, scorched into their collective memories with as much indiscriminate savagery as the tattoos carved into their arms"

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Susan Taylor
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of The Last Tattoo Artist...
It tells of the horrors that this Dr. & wife went through during the war and how many were killed. The torture and desegregation of thousands of human beings. The last 2 chapters are the authors notes; explaining some things I don't want to spoil.
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Zoe Cooper
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read. The horrors that these people went through and still found the courage to keep going. The odd German word within the text but translations are in the back of the book, it doesn’t spoil the read.
Rebecca Cresswell
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Like all Holocaust memoirs this was very harrowing, it also makes it difficult to rate as the Dutch translation is a bit choppy.
Angelique Simonsen
This is an intelligently written memoir and because it was written so close to the end of the war the recollections are fresh and there is no real mulling over of things, just straight talking.
Erik Surewaard
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
NOTE: after having written my review, I have been approached by a family member of the author. This with the following statement (dutch):

“ Ik verdenk je dan ook van onheuse motieven. Vertel eens, ben je een zogenaamde holocaust denier?”

English translation: “I suspect you of unjust motives. Tell me, are you a so-called holocaust denier?”

Unacceptable in my opinion. This because my review apparently wasn’t what he liked to read... So be aware that this may happen in case you write a review that isn
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Sandy
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot give a book written by a Holocaust survivor any less than five stars just on principle of what they have come through and survived. Sharing their stories is very painful I am sure and this one is no different than the others I have read .... so hard to absorb and then to believe that people could be so capable of such cruelty. A terrible time in history. Taking a break from Holocaust reading for a bit… Glad it’s a sunshiny day
Tony Nielsen
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2019 there seems to have been a rush to publish books about the horrors of the Nazi Concentration camp Auschwitz. I have got myself caught up in wanting to understand the depths of cruelty and desperation which was wrought on literally hundreds of thousands of Europeans shipped to Auschwitz and almost certain death.

Last Stop Auschwitz is somewhat unusual amongst the number of books which have recently been published, as its a first hand account by doctor and psychiatrist Eddy de Wind, and his
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Caren
I find it difficult to rate a Holocaust testimony. I unreservedly honour the courage and the commitment of the survivor, in this case Dr. Eddy de Wind, who published in 1946 what is thought to be the "only complete book written in Auschwitz itself". However, he chose to have his story narrated by "Hans" because "the horror of his experience was still so raw he couldn't find the words to describe it in the first person." (publisher's foreword) I was confused by this convention and, as a result, f ...more
Aislinn Kelly
Last Stop Auschwitz is the heartbreaking true story of Dutch Jew Eddy de Wind and his experiences in Auschwitz. This story was very difficult to read at periods as Eddy's time in Auschwitz was so horrifying and cruel.. Even though the book was upsetting at times, I did find this story uplifting as it shows the power and courageness of people in spite of such injustice. Eddy's story will stay with me for a long time to come.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC
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Poppy Smit-Zabelin
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Eddy de Wind was a Jewish medical student studying in Leiden. After graduating he moved to Amsterdam to train as a psychoanalyst but was taken away to the Westerbork labour camp in Holland during the notorious pogrom of February 23, 1941, when the Germans arrested 427 Jewish men in Amsterdam’s Old Jewish Quarter. In the camp he met and married his wife Friedel who was a nurse. They were both deported to Auschwitz where they got through the selection process and were put to work. They were separa ...more
Lauren
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival within the Camp is unlike any other book written about the Holocaust – Eddy de Wind wrote about his horrifying experience from within the camp. Very soon after Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army, Eddy found a notebook and worked diligently to get what was haunting his mind down onto paper. This particular account of the Holocaust has two crucial advantages over others – it was written before Eddy’s memory could work against him and before it could b ...more
Suebee
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
This autobiographical account has the distinction of being the only Holocaust memoir written from within the walls of a concentration camp (Auschwitz). Eddy de Wind, a Jewish psychiatric doctor from the Netherlands, is taken to Auschwitz along with his wife (narrowly escaping death when he is at first put into the line of prisoners headed to the gas chambers, and then when it is found out he is a doctor, he is put into the other line headed to Auschwitz to work in the Krankenbau - sick areas). A ...more
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Eliazar (Eddy) de Wind (Den Haag, 6 februari 1916 – Amsterdam, 27 september 1987) was een Nederlandse arts, psychiater en psychoanalyticus van Joodse afkomst. De Wind was een overlevende van de Holocaust uit het kamp Auschwitz.

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Eliazar (Eddy) de Wind (Den Haag, 6 February 1916 – Amsterdam, 27 September 1987) was a Dutch-Jewish doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He was a Holocaust survivor f
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