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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: 1023 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 (47 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 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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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Facinating read Feb. 26 2006
What can be worse than being forced to live, only so you can die. Many doctors that went to Nazi death camps were often kept alive to perform expeiriments, and other gruesome tasks. This story shows the life of a middle aged doctor who was sent to Auschwitz, and was kept alive to do whatever he was told to do. This is a page turner that keeps you asking questions, will he live? Did his family live? Will he survive another day? He was condemned to a fate of such horror that it is unimaginable. What makes this story such a masterpeice of it's genre? Read it and find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Auschwitz Recounted by the Living Dead Nov. 16 2001
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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account is the memoir of Auschwitz camp inmate Dr Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jewish pathologist and unwitting volunteer as assistant to the infamous Dr Mengele in the camp's Sonderkommando. These "living dead," as they were labeled within the camp, were charged to perform the horrific, day-to-day labors of the camp's crematoria in exchange for improved (albeit temporary) living conditions. Members of the Sonderkommando were summarily executed themselves after 4 months' service (if they did not commit suicide beforehand)-at which time, mental and physical exhaustion precluded any further practical functioning. Nyiszli's chore was to perform and record numerous autopsies on murdered twins and deformed inmates to advance the demented, ethnic pseudoscience of Mengele.
In the deadened tone of one numbed by appalling scenes and impossible duties, Nyiszli conveys within his chronology his chief concern during internment (other than the fate of his wife and daughter): The purpose and function of the Auschwitz crematoria would never be recorded in history. All those who witnessed the succession of mass murder after mass murder-whether by gas, bullet, fire, or needle-were either members of the SS or those already condemned to death. Nyiszli recounts his own attempts to salvage life as a physician among the damned-actions that come off as pathetically futile or even arguably cruel. His association with his fellow Sonderkommando placed him in a distinctive position to know their plans for undermining the work of the local SS and confounding the operations of the crematoria. Although many times himself paralyzed with passive duty, Nyiszli's personal revolt included using his unique relationship to the ignorant Mengele to avert immediate camp extinctions. Ironically Nyiszli's connection with the criminal doctor of death secured Nyiszli's survival for the necessary telling of this unimaginable, compromised existence in one of the worst hells on earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmingly Horrific Account of Inhumanity Feb. 17 2001
Auschwitz-A Doctor's Eyewitness Account provides a first person narrative of the unimaginable horrors of life in the notorius death camp. The author's simple, matter of fact prose provides a distressing counterpoint to the atrocities he is describing. The callous, daily cruelty, both physical and mental, begins with a description of the "selection" process whereby new arrivals were separated into those that would live a few more tortured months and those who would be immediately murdered and cremated. It moves to the barbaric selection and murder of human beings simply for the purpose of so-called medical research, to the systematic, scheduled destruction of the "sonderkommando" (prisoner squads forced to work in the crematoriums) to insure that no one would live to tell the truth of Auschwitz.
The sorrow and horror one simultaneously feels when reading this account is further amplified by the thought that this is not a work of fiction. In fact, the reader must at times force himself to confront the reality that what he is imagining in his mind's eye actually occurred in his or his parent's lifetime and is not the musings of a demented fictionalizer.
I now understand why we can never allow this terribly unimaginable low point in history to be forgotten.
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Published 2 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Words can't explain it
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Published 4 months ago by Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for sharing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing story of a place of no return!
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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.
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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.
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