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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account [Kindle Edition]

Miklos Nyiszli , Bruno Bettelheim , Tibere Kremer , Richard Seaver
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The best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available The New York Review of Books

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When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death for a grimmer fate: to perform “scientific research” on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the infamous “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele’s personal research pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to give this terrifying and sobering account.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (April 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SUO5JA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginable Nov. 15 2012
To the person who wonders if it really happened, and if Dr. Miklós Nyiszli was really there. I can understand your scepticism, as it's nearly impossibly to imagine. But he was there, and it did happen.

This isn't a pleasant read by any stretch. But it's an important read for anyone who wishes to gain an insight into what life was like in Auschwitz. I'd like to see this taught in our schools, because it's important to be aware of what level of depravity humans are capable of.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Doctor Jan. 23 2002
This book was recommended to me by some associates as a must read. I was told that this book is like no other book on Auschwitz. A first hand account of not only a witness of but also a contributor to the Nazi evil. As I began the book I read account after account of the many terrible events that occured in the camp, I became physically sickened. I did not become ill from of the details of the events, which are quite familiar to me, but from the casual fashion in which he describes the horrors he performed as Mengele's "Igor". Furthermore, I have never encountered any book containing such petty rationalizes for outright wicked and cowardly actions. He even has the titanic brazeness to attempt to discuss the "humanity" of Mengele, whose evil in my opinion, surpasses that of Hitler himself. Needless to say I could not finish reading this book, although I did read about his remorse and his sorrow for what he had done.
So why am I giving it three stars after all I've said? I still believe that this is a most important book. This is an impressive case study on the immense power of the human mind to decieve itself, and how this deception can lead a person to commit the most heinous of acts. Through realization of the possibility of this sort of deception, a person can learn to identify it before the rationale leads him astray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It seems impossible that it happened at all... Jan. 6 2001
This book is particularly fascinating considering the viewpoint from which it's written. This man assisted the death of many people, cowering down from the powers to save his own life. I will not judge too much, because it would be arrogant to assume that I would have done anything different. I have no idea, none of us can even imagine what it must have been like. However, I agree that Nyiszli is a 'repentant soul'...his book shows us what NOT to have done. I believe that he is quite sorry for his actions, but perhaps I am wrong. I believe that during his time at the camp, he in his mind made up for his actions by telling himself that he would try to stay alive just to tell the story afterwards. I suppose in doing this it didn't matter to him that he was killing all these people...but again, who am I to judge? They would have just found someone else willing to do his work anyway. Obviously I'm quite confused about my feelings for this man through his account, so I will leave it at this. Fascinating.
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The facts about 2 nd WW is of my special interest, yet netiher me nor my people had been directly influenced by this human tragedy. The jewish people who had gone all through this suffering must and always be remembered by every modern person so that they had not wasted their lives for nothing. I bothered to write this review because this book must be read by everyone as an example of how men like the author of this book are also as responsible of this massacre as the ones who commit this crime. To save his very personal life and comfort , Dr N did betray those who lost lives . It is always humanly and patriot to die once as a man for the sake of the 'deed ' rather than living in disgrace just to save his rotten life. It feels in the book that he ' likes what he is doing about his inhumane experiments' and call that ' medicine '. He always constantly mentions about his own comfort (baths, food , liqour ...) where others just feed on bread, asks Mengele to change ' dissection room' as the cries of the souls ( his own fellows ) disturb him while working on his ' evil '. He does not participate the uprise,raher prefers wathiching his fellow mates killed one by one, then complain only of his own bruises. In Matthausen , he hides himself against Nazi question ' Who worked in Auschwith ?' that no response of him ( as he carries Auschwitz tatoo, and could easily be identified) might cause Nazis' to kill everyone in the barracks. I am deeply influenced by this book, and saw how a man like the author of this book can just turn to a creature , not less responsible of this human tragedy than the Nazi's.
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Aushwitz - A Doctor's Eyewitness Account is not for the faint of heart. It is the memoirs of a doctor / prisoner of the infamous Nazi 'Death Camp'. I have personally read (at the time I write this) about a dozen memoirs on the Holocaust. Dr. Nyiszli's experiences cannot even be imagined. I am truly at a loss for words to articulate the feeling in my heart left by this accounting of evil. Under the direct supervision of the infamous 'Doctor' Mengele, Nyiszli performs, without question, some of the most horrific and scientifically useless 'experiments' on human beings. Truly, who among us could ever imagine trying to survive in a Death Camp such as Aushwitz? And yet the disturbing point over all in Nyiszli's book, is the fact that he VOLUNTEERED his services ! I will not judge anyone personally, however, was this author truly a victim or a conspirator with a 'better them than me' attitude? If you have the intellect and stomach for descriptions of horror, then I do acknowledge the importance of this 'Self-Damming' memoir, since it does offer a rare glimpse into the levels of mindset that was the sinister and the sadistic butchers that were the Nazi's...and their conspirators. Perhaps it is a confession of a repentant mind tortured with his actions of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was such an amazing account of life inside Auschwitz that most...
This was such an amazing account of life inside Auschwitz that most men didn't live to tell about. Very few men working the gas chambers (Sonderkommando)lived past a year and this... Read more
Published 24 days ago by BookAddict
Four stars means "I like it" which is perposterous in this context since the subject matter is so ghastly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by fishface42
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Recommended If You Want To Know What Happened...
I am a history nerd, and I love reading/hearing things about WWII as my late grandfather was part of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ariel R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and narrated
Finally a human depiction of these events rather than a historical one. Beautifully written and narrated.
Published 4 months ago by Brittany Steptoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Words can't explain it
I can say that I didn't exactly like the actions that Nyiszli took during the war to save his life from the death camps. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for sharing
although some controversies exists on the factual of the physical camps by other inmates that have published on the internet, it is a fascinating, disturbing view of the war.
Published 7 months ago by Gilles Girard
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing story of a place of no return!
As a true history admirer, I am really fortunate to finally find the truth of the KZ unit of Auschwitz concentration camp, thanks to the brave doctor, who has witnessed all the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by elianajane
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but True
Amazing read, horrible to think this happened, but we know it did. Let us hope this never happens again in our lifetime.
Published 9 months ago by Mary Buckley
4.0 out of 5 stars I have read no other book like this as it tells more of incidents...
I have read no other book like this as it tells more of incidents giving a vivid picture of what did happen in the lab and in other places where the doctor was placed.
Published 13 months ago by Victor Gardner
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