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"This learned volume is about as chilling as historiography gets." —Walter Laqueur, The New Republic

"... a one-volume study of Auschwitz without peer in Holocaust literature." —Kirkus Reviews

"... a comprehensive portrait of the largest and most lethal of the Nazi death camps... serves as a vital contribution to Holocaust studies and a bulwark against forgetting."—Publishers Weekly

More than a million people were murdered at Auschwitz, of whom 90 percent were Jews. Here leading scholars from around the world provide the first comprehensive account of what took place at Auschwitz.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Jewish Eye

"Filled with relevant illustrations and detailed notes, Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp is an indispensable guide to Auschwitz and all that is has come to represent. It is an important contribution to the body of work on the Holocaust, and a copy of this book should be added to every public and private library." —The Jewish Eye

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"Filled with relevant illustrations and detailed notes, Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp is an indispensable guide to Auschwitz and all that is has come to represent. It is an important contribution to the body of work on the Holocaust, and a copy of this book should be added to every public and private library." —The Jewish Eye
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In original essays, some 20 scholars from the U.S., Israel and Europe contribute to a comprehensive portrait of the largest and most lethal of the Nazi death camps. If the book lacks the drive of a narrative history, it nonetheless serves as a vital contribution to Holocaust studies and a bulwark against forgetting. Several essays are notable. Franciszek Piper describes how Auschwitz exploited prisoners as laborers before exterminating them, and Robert-Jan Van Pelt discusses how Auschwitz was the focus of ``a Faustian project to create a German paradise amid Polish perdition.'' Aleksander Lasik writes on camp commandant Rudolf Hoss, a dutiful functionary who neither evaded responsibility nor was troubled by conscience. Hermann Langbein, a former prisoner himself, recounts prisoner efforts at resistance, ranging from smuggling medicine supplied by the Polish underground to the only major rebellion in the camp's history, the blowing up of a crematorium, which ``cannot be exactly recounted.'' David Wyman argues that the U.S. military evaded bombing the camp because they considered rescuing Jews to be an ``extraneous problem'' and an ``unwanted burden.'' Newly authoritative information is included in several essays, including one by Jean-Claude Pressac, a French investigator and former Holocaust denier, on the construction of the gas chambers and crematoria, and another by Piper that assesses the number of victims as at least 1.1 million, 90% of them Jews. Gutman directs the Research Center at Yad Vashem in Israel; Berenbaum directs the Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Illustrations not seen by PW. June
Library Journal
In this work, leading scholars from the United States, Israel, Poland, and other European countries contribute essays about Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps, where more than a million people were murdered. Contributors include Yehuda Bauer, Raul Hilberg, Randolph Braham, Lawrence Langer, and Jean-Claude Pressac. Various aspects of Auschwitz are covered, including its history, the theory of genocide by the Nazis, physical details of the camp and of the killing, profiles of inmates and of the Nazis, resistance and escapes, and what the rest of the world knew about Auschwitz. This comprehensive study of Auschwitz provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the death camp from the viewpoints of historians, psychologists, sociologists, art historians, physicians, and chemists. Recommended for all libraries.-Mary Salony, West Virginia Northern Comm. Coll. Lib., Wheeling
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253208842
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 693,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I A History of the Camp
1 Auschwitz - An Overview 5
2 The System of Prisoner Exploitation 34
3 The Satellite Camps 50
4 The Number of Victims 61
Pt. II Dimensions of Genocide
5 Auschwitz and the "Final Solution" 81
6 A Site in Search of a Mission 93
7 Gas Chambers and Crematoria 157
8 The Machinery of Mass Murder at Auschwitz 183
9 The Plunder of Victims and Their Corpses 246
Pt. III The Perpetrators
10 Historical-Sociological Profile of the Auschwitz SS 271
11 Rudolf Hoss: Manager of Crime 288
12 Nazi Doctors 301
13 The Crimes of Josef Mengele 317
Pt. IV The Inmates
14 The Auschwitz Prisoner Administration 363
15 Hospitals 379
16 Women 393
17 Children 412
18 The Family Camp 428
19 Gypsies 441
20 Hungarian Jews 456
21 Auschwitz - A Psychological Perspective 469
Pt. V The Resistance
22 The Auschwitz Underground 485
23 Prisoner Escapes 503
24 Diaries of the Sonderkommando 522
Pt. VI Auschwitz and the Outside World
25 What Was Known and When 539
26 The Vrba and Wetzler Report 553
27 Why Auschwitz Wasn't Bombed 569
28 Postwar Prosecution of the Auschwitz SS 588
29 The Literature of Auschwitz 601
Index 621
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

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    The Anatomy of Auschwitz Death Camp is probably one of the most hardcore and most likely one of the best historical non-fiction informational pieces on Auschwitz. This book tells the history of the Auschwitz prison, about all of its warlords, heroes, and prisoners. With detailed maps confiscated from the 3rd Reich and pictures reprinted from SS police vaults, it has a well made visual aid. With accounts from people who lived through the atrocities in Auschwitz, and from the guards who saw some of the most horrendous murders ever. Much of the book is about the people of Auschwitz 'prisoners, doctors, guards, etc.', but the layout of Auschwitz is included also. Many of the Auschwitz sections, including Auschwitz IV are thoroughly discussed. However, aside from all the information in this book, some pictures contain nudity, and graphic pictures of death. Another thing about this book is its repeated bibliography after each chapter, most of the same sources are stated, instead of a standard appendix. I especially don¿t recommend this book for children under the age of 11. All of the information is accurate, although some sections of the book tend to be confusing with all the information stated at once without much description at first. If you are a World War II historian, a historical nonfiction reader, or researcher, this book is probably a good and rich source. But, if you prefer other types of books, then you probably will find this book morbid and not enjoyable. I hope that if you do pick up this book, it is a great read for you. I feel that knowing about the events that took place inside the prison named Auschwitz may not be joyous, but are an important part of history to all the people who served, survived, and remember the events in the second great world-war.

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