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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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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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1 of 1 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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2 of 2 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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4.0 out of 5 stars An important book that raises questions Feb. 19 2002
Dr. Miklos Nyiszli has written an important book: not only for the unique first-hand account of a "privileged" inmate in Auschwitz but also for the questions that it raises about Man and humanity.
As a German-trained pathologist Dr. Nyiszli became pathologist under Mengele, performing both antemortem and postmortem examinations of Mengele's experiments. In so doing he lived relatively well: had sufficient food, clothing, and equipment. The question here is this: can we damn a man for taking advantage of an opportunity for better survival through the aid of the captors? Certainly one is quick to condemn the Jewish Kapos that assisted in the management of the other prisoners.
Some have said that Nyiszli aided in the experiments, yet he only performed the post-experiment examinations. Is he then as guilty as Mengele?
This is not an easy book to read: the content is disturbing and the implications of it are hard to grasp. It provides a unique insight into the operation of Auschwitz that is rarely written about in first-hand accounts: the Sonderkommando were regularly gassed, Mengele disappeared.
As a memoire this is excellent. I would like more cross-references to documented events to substantiate the claims. It is not that I disbelieve him, but adding such documentation would improve the historical usefulness.
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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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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Price
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book ,well written, provides a better understanding of the day-to-day horror, prisoners had to gro through in those death camps.
Published 14 months ago by Yvon Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
No matter how many times I read accounts of the holocust it terrifies me to beleive that people could do this to others.
Published 16 months ago by D. Keagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Deeply Moving
I have read many books about the inhumanity towards the Jewish people of Europe during the Holocaust but none as heart wrenching as this. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 20 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 ???
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