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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

264 out of 268 people found this review helpful.

Horrific Eye Witness Account That Must Be Read !

I have always had an interest in the Holocaust, but until I read this book some fourteen years ago, it had always remained at a distance. A reputable colleague at work handed me a copy of this book and said `this is worth a read'. Having begun, I could not put th...
I have always had an interest in the Holocaust, but until I read this book some fourteen years ago, it had always remained at a distance. A reputable colleague at work handed me a copy of this book and said `this is worth a read'. Having begun, I could not put the book down. The book gripped me from start to finish. The story is horrific but, nevertheless, it is a story that we all owe it to ourselves to be familiar with. The story and the author's experiences were so profound and penetrating that I have spent the last fourteen years studying and reading as much about the Holocaust as I can. Prompted by what I read here, I have since visited the Concentration Camps at Treblinka, Majdanek, Auschwitz, Birkenau and Plaszov, together with other areas in Poland directly connected with the Jewish Holocaust. I have seen the buildings full of human hair from the Jewish victims, the gas chambers, crematoria and the other hideous instruments of mass murder referred to in this book. The book by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli will not take you long to finish. The voices of the victims referred to have long since disappeared. Many people today are not even aware of the Holocaust and others deny it's very existence. Books like these, written by people who were actually there, are essential if our this and forthcoming generations are to be made aware of 'man's inhumanity to man' and to prevent such a horror from occurring again.

posted by Anonymous on October 11, 2001

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Most Helpful Critical Review

56 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

Disturbing but Truthful

As a sixth grader at Lincoln Elementary, reading this I realized that they don't teach most of the truth at school. This book opened my eyes to what really happened in World War Two. I never would have guessed that we as Americans actually did this to people also. It wa...
As a sixth grader at Lincoln Elementary, reading this I realized that they don't teach most of the truth at school. This book opened my eyes to what really happened in World War Two. I never would have guessed that we as Americans actually did this to people also. It wasn't just Germany that had these horrible death camps. America did this and this book made me think. I read all I could about this topic and found out some pretty gruesome details. I think I now have a better understanding of what really happened in this blood bath war. In school all they teach about World War Two is that some kids had to stay in the basement because of bombings. So what, they didn't have sugar for cake and candy. At least they weren't Jewish and at Auschwitz. Now I think twice about being selfish when there are and were people who are worse off.

posted by Anonymous on February 19, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Self Absolving

    The author seems to skim over many atrocities in which he was a participant and uses this novel as a vehicle to self-absolve. I believe that the closer he comes to the end of his own journey the more his concious awakens and he feels the need to try and silence it. It would be interesting to hear the perspective of others who were at the camp with him.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Verification

    Very difficult to read and certainly to bear. I wish I had additional verification of some the atrocities that went on there.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2011

    Did not enjoy

    I felt the author spoke to matter a factly about the horrific events that occurred in the camps. It was a little boring to me.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Waste of money

    I thought this was going to be a little more in depth and tell more about the workings of their mindset and the camps but it glossed over the story. The result was a pseudo history. I would not have bought it had I known the caliber of this tale by this author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    would not recommend

    I would not recommend this book, not for the content, but for the writing style. The writing style was almost like reading a textbook, it was dry (the material was not gross, but matter of fact and didn't really describe the horrors of the camps. I felt it could have been better written.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Missleading book

    This book is in no way historicaly accurate or true. A great story but i give it two stars because it is just that, a story. He claims a hospital used the things he did, this is nothing more then a flat out lie. All claims that would be ground braking in this book simply contradict proven facts.
    Entertaining story but as a history student I have to say this book is a disappointment and misleading.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Just an OK read

    Was an OK read, would not reccomend

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    boring

    did not care for it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    A good historical perspective of forced labor.

    Chilling. Clinical. But, interesting read.

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