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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: 358 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 (39 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Auschwitz Feb. 19 2014
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A most remarkable documentation of terror, immorality, and state sponsored murder of Jews, Gypsies, and Other people classified as the "underclass". The observations and interpretations of physician and pathologist working in the "death factory of Auschwitz" were unique and clearly debunked the medical pseudo-science of the Third Reich. The dangers of a dictatorship are laid bare for all to bare witness with the author. Perhaps anti-Semites should spend a week or two in concentration camp devoted to killing its inmates.

The book is a must read for students of government and politics. The book is a must read for elected government officials and for government bureaucrats. The members of the medical profession and the legal profession would also greatly benefit from the lessons regarding the abuse of power.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad doctor's assistant Feb. 16 2014
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Amazing tale of one Jewish doctor's survival in the death camp as a pathologist assistant to the mad doctor, joseph Mengele. As a physician myself, I understand he was ordered to do the necessary pathology on the dead inmates. His survival depended on what Mengele thought of his skills And he then just had enough strength to survive the death march at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Nov. 15 2013
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One does not realize what really happened during that period until accounts such as this are published. Try walking in the shoes of those who were persecuted. How lucky we are to enjoy the freedom we have thanks to those who sacrificed themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Oct. 28 2013
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Great book ,well written, provides a better understanding of the day-to-day horror, prisoners had to gro through in those death camps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Aug. 8 2013
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No matter how many times I read accounts of the holocust it terrifies me to beleive that people could do this to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Deeply Moving Aug. 2 2013
By Kelly
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I have read many books about the inhumanity towards the Jewish people of Europe during the Holocaust but none as heart wrenching as this. This book was very well written, easy to follow and so engrossing I could not put it down. Dr. Miklos Nyiszli endured horrors no human being should ever be subjected to. Not only was he himself a prisoner in Auschwitz, he was forced to preform unimaginable medical procedures against his own people and witness to countless executions of thousands of people in the gas chambers. This account of the horrors of those forced to comply with the Nazi's to exterminate their own people is by far the most detailed I have read. Most of the men and woman who were interned with this task were, in a few short months, themselves executed to keep the secrets the Nazi's wanted never to be exposed, and therefore few survived to bear witness to it. I strongly recommend this book. It is one I will likely not forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very educating
I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down. I was scared to read it at first but since he mostly worked with dead bodies it wasn't as hard to grasp as if he would have to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by NataliaV
2.0 out of 5 stars the thruth ???
I cannot believe the amount of freedom Dr. N.
had, between different camps and to carry food
and clothing.. was he really there ???
Published 23 months ago by wreddies
4.0 out of 5 stars A Facinating read
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2006 by Arthur L. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine read
I would actually give this book 4 1/2 stars, but that's not an option.
What could be more realistic than terror through the eyes of a person who lived it? Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by Will Nance
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opening Reading
The things this man saw day after day, what he had to do under the terrible circumstances. Heartwrenching, yet something everyone should know in order for this to never be... Read more
Published on July 9 2003 by Stacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
An incredibly written book, provides thorough information on life in Auschwitz, very personal. Upon finishing it you will want to read more eyewitness accounts on Holocaust. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Juliana Ghukasyan
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