Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account / Edition 1

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account / Edition 1

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by Miklos Nyiszli

ISBN-10: 1559702028

ISBN-13: 9781559702027

Pub. Date: 09/01/1993

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli…  See more details below


When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capactity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give this horrifying and sobering account.

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Auschwitz 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1416 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Sleepydude More than 1 year ago
This book holds you in its grip as you read the autocities of the Third Reich and the SS. Have your mature children read this. I'm not a Jew, but we must never forget what occured in WWII!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is from a completely different angle, not just in the camps, but in the gas chambers. Survivors who worked in the gas chambers just did not happen. This man saw it all though. There is a section in there that was in a movie and shown a little differently. It is the Grey Zone movie. If you watch the section where they find the girl alive after the gas chambers, that is one of the sections talked about in the book. I thought this book was wonderful and it is an amazing book to read if you are interested in the Holocaust. You will be captivated and will not be able to put it down. At the same time you will realize that this all happened and this isn't some scary nightmare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most interesting, informative, and intense novel to depict the lives of Holocaust victims. Dr. Nyszli, whose name I constantly mispell if you've seen any of my reccomendations, has been blessed with a chance to survive in relative comfort in the most notorious concentration camp of WWII, in this capacity he has also been cursed by the knowledge not only of what he has seen, but the asserting knowledge that he knows too much and will perhaps not live long. His tragic and dramatic story is not a mere telling of facts by a medical speacialists, but a deeply connected and horrified man's account of what he has seen. He has a unique vantage that shed's new light on the workings of the death camps and an added look into the Sonderkommando, a group of unfortunates whose camp life will astonish you. I would only like to say once more that this is the best book about the Holocaust and that I strongly reccommend it to any that feel compassion for the six million Jews killed in these camps.
leblancnh More than 1 year ago
I have seen Schindler's list and other documentaries on Auschwitz. - This book portrayed the real true feelings and emotions of those working for the Sonderkommando. I did not want to put this book down. It amazes me that the Germans could carry this out and have no emotion or feeling while doing such- what a great read. I thought I would have nightmares but I did not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in less than 2 days!! The tale of Dr. Nyszli takes the reader on an emotional journey that keeps him/ her truly intrigued. The attrocities that occured at Auschwitz are probably far past what the Doctor could write and even further past what we could fathom. In a review written earlier someone stated that conditions such as those painted for us in this book during WWII Europe occured in America, during FDR's Presidency. The truth is that there were never death camps in the U.S. The Japanese were rounded up and kept in confind living conditions post Pearl Harbor, but none in which can be compared to that of Auschwitz or any other internment camp under the Third Reich.
Tom Holt More than 1 year ago
Although very short in length, this book places the reader in the sickening world of what life was like in the concentration camps. He shows that even with odds stacked against him that the will to live...and to be a witness to the atrocities for all to remember.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so riveting! I could not put it down. I'm an avid reader about the Holocaust and I have read many books on the topic, but this was by far the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for all students
Cynthia Suder-Formichel More than 1 year ago
Glad I read this, but more sorry it ever had to be written.
Jahtin More than 1 year ago
Kudos to the dr for reliving the horrors of Auschwitz so that others might know.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
The forward was difficult because it forced me to look at this from a different angle...that perhaps inertia was what caused so many to be led. But change is never easy, so I wonder how many of us would actually be any different? Once the doctor begins his first person narrative, I was unable to put it down.
sistchs More than 1 year ago
I knew a survivor, have seen the number tattoo, have heard the stories. All horrific to think that human beings can do this to fellow man. If you want to learn anything... read this book. Just be prepared for some knowledge that might offend some people. So worth the read !!!!!!!
jk70 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the author is not a skilled writer, I enjoyed the book. Its a great, face-paced read. I found myself unable to put it down until I finished the entire book. It is my opinion that the author left out some details and although he admits his faults, I found myself angry at him for not helping and saving more lives. I wish he would have been a stronger man, but then again, he did what he had to in order to survive.
Brett Young More than 1 year ago
This is a very compelling book if you are the type who loves history, particularly WWII history. At 180 pages it is an easy read but a great read, however a dry read to those who take little interest in stories or accounts of the holocaust. Probably one of the best accounts out there as the author was witness to almost everything that happened within the walls of the most infamous death camp during the third reich.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in less than one day. Astonishing what cruelty some humans can bestow.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be interesting. My OCD got a little hung-up on the grammatical errors and redundancy. However, it was a journal that was probably written in a language other than English and then translated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...for all in order that the past might be remembered and not repeated in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read that lets you know all the horrors of the kz. Without written accounts by brave survivors we might not ever have known the truth. I pray for all those innocent people lost in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great historical inside look into things that occurred in Auschwitz from a doctir who worked aling side Dr. Mengele. Some of the events are sad and disturbing, but there is a great deal of historical facts included as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was shocking and saddening to know that such disregard for human life occured and went on for such a long period of time! So many people dying at the hands of monsters! This is definately a book that needed to be published so that people do not forget that there is evil in the world!
sanken211 More than 1 year ago
Didn't like the judmentalness of the intro, but the book was great. A personal look at the horrors the Jews experienced during Hitler's reign. Hard to believe one man initiated so much death.
Alexandra Andrade More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully written book and it displays the lengths in which a human would go to protect themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is excellent but e-book is poorly setup often missing pages in the middle of chapters.Poorly produced.Conent is 4 stars but due to poor producton problems is only 3 stars.