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Auschwitz by Miklós Nyiszli
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Jun 10, 2011

really liked it

Yep, not an awesome literary work but this short volume published in 1960 can still impact you with the content of the story. It emphasizes that when it comes down to true character, you are what you are when you don't think; just do (no matter the conscious motive). Although the intro condemns the supposed "inaction" of the prisoner doctor who is the author of this narrative, I cannot see how anyone could act differently in his situation. When it comes down to it, I think most individual victims of the holocaust (including Jews, gypsies, and "political" aka resistance) had no real choice between life or death. That this man was able to escape death is not as enviable as one might think. Having read many other books on the holocaust, I can see the repetition of similar stories to other writers of the same extermination camp (i.e. Gisella Perl's "I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz", first edition 1948, harder and more expensive to come by).

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