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Overview

Filip Müller came to Auschwitz with one of the earliest transports from Slovakia in April 1942 and began working in the gassing installations and crematoria in May. He was still alive when the gassings ceased in November 1944. He saw millions come and disappear; by sheer luck he survived. Müller is neither a historian nor a psychologist; he is a source—one of the few prisoners who saw the Jewish people die and lived to tell about it. Eyewitness Auschwitz is one of the key documents of the Holocaust. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "A shattering, centrally important testimony."—from the Foreword by Yehuda Bauer. "A very detailed description of day-to-day life, if we can call it that, in Hell’s inmost circle...Having read other books of this kind, I had expected to read this one straight through. But no, Eyewitness Auschwitz is jammed with infernal information too terrible to be taken all at once."—Terrence Des Pres, New Republic. "Riveting...It is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading."—Jewish Press Features.
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Editorial Reviews

Terrence Des Pres
A very detailed description of day-to-day life, if we can call it that, in Hell's inmost circle...jammed with infernal information too terrible to be taken all at once.
Jewish Press Features
Riveting...it is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading.
Jewish Press
Riveting...it is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading.
Jewish Press Features
Riveting...it is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading.
Booknews
Müller came to Auschwitz with one of the earliest transports from Slovakia in April 1942, and was forced to work in the gassing installations and crematoria. He was still alive when the gassings ceased in November 1944. He is one of the few prisoners who lived to tell of the horrors of Auschwitz, and his account is one of the key documents of the Holocaust. Includes b&w maps and a glossary. Lacks a subject index. First published in 1979. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566632713
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 8/25/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST IVAN R
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 130,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Filip Müller was born in Czechoslovakia in 1922, was deported to Auschwitz in 1942, was liberated in 1945, and afterward lived in Western Europe.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 No return 1
2 Into the crematorium 11
3 The new death factories 49
4 The tragedy of the Family Camp 90
5 The inferno 120
App Plans of Auschwitz 173
Glossary 178
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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    Eyewitness Auschwitz (Interesting, but SLOW! [WARNING: PATIENCE NEEDED] )

    This book is by far the slowest book I've ever read. I know this sounds harsh, but it's the truth, don't get me wrong it was a good book but just not my type. The author's sentences are very long winded, and he repeats things alot. In this holocaust book, I think that Filip Muller is trying to show people the cruelty and evil inside of humans. Mr. Muller's characters in his book (the Nazi SS mostly) are dark and leave with an "oh my goodness" feeling. Since Muller worked in the Gas Chamber, there are intensely described scenes of what he witnessed. In April 1942 Filip Muller was deported to Auschwitz and had been assigned prison number 29236 Did the SS officers ever feel bad for killing someone? Do they regret it now? Why in the world did they kill millions of people? I remember many of times when I thought I had the worst life ever because my parents nagged me about chores or talking back. I would make smart-alic comments to my mom (typical teenage behavior) and not even think before I speak. Well, after I read this book felt like I didn't show enough appreciation to my parents that practically provide everything for me. Filip Muller had it way worse than me, and I'm sure worse than a lot of other people. Imagine this, you are running 30 miles without stopping. Running for your life, if you fell down or walked you were immediately shot or beat to death with massive clubs, struggling with the last drop of hope remaining inside you. After you run you are famished but mostly parched! And you can't do anything about it! You know you're dying or going to die. How does that make you feel(this book doesn't talk about the running holocaust prisoners had to do)? "I had to believe that there were no human feelings left inside me," said Filip Muller. See? The holocaust drained the life, physically and mentally, out of these people.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    finally a book that actually kept me interested

    This book Eyewitness Auschwitz is a book written and about a man named Filip Muller, and what he went through during the Holocaust. This is as real as it gets, you can actually picture how awful it really was. And the fact that he survived this very brutal time in history is astounding. This book takes place in the spring of 1942. Filip isn't from Auschwitz though he was originally from Slovakia but once he arrived in Auschwitz he began to work in the crematoria and the gassing installations. This book begins with him describing how the prisoners had to line up in rows of 10 so they can enjoy their Sunday rest, this was according to the Auschwitz tradition. Then he describes a man named Vacek, he was the block clerk which meant he was able to watch the prisoners every move and yell out all sorts of commands at them. He talks about one of the commands and how they have to perform them until he is satisfied with the way it was performed. Already you can see that they were very strict about everything that goes on. While this drill was going on a man who was handicapped wasn't able to execute the drill to perfection because of his disability and because of that Vacek drug him across the yard and stood him with his face against the wall. These drills were performed as a thing of torture most of the people end up dead because if they stopped at any time they would be punished. When him and the rest of the prisoners were entering the crematorium he kept expecting a bullet to go right through his skull because there were so many people around them with pistols. And if it wasn't bad enough to see some of the people he used to know, they were the ones who were ordered to put the corpses into the oven, can you imagine how hard that would be to do. As you can tell Filip didn't leave anything, I think he was determined to show people what happened from his eyes, every time I think about this book I get Goosebumps. Finally at the end of the book he was about to give up all hope, he could see the lice crawling all over his blanket. Then he heard fighting going on outside and heard people shouting we are free! He had waited for this moment for 3 years. He had realized the Nazi terror had ended at last.
    So please if you are looking for an interesting read go pick up this book it is very eye opening and shows you a whole different perspective of the holocaust. It will change your outlook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Unbelievably heart stopping

    I bought this book when I went to the Holocaust museum in D.C. This book is unbelievably heart stopping. This book takes you into a world of pain and terror. To be able to read about every momment of torture this man witnessed and partook in, is extremely moving. This book takes you deep inside the morbid ways of Hitler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    TREMENDOUS!

    I have never read a book on the Holocaust that gave so much detail, but not in a college dissertation way. To say it was an enjoyable read means only that it was hard to put down. But there was nothing enjoyable about the circumstances our fellow human beings endured. Heartbreaking and honest. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Gripping, yet horrific story of Auschwicz

    This book is a must read, if you want a book, that describes in graphic detail; what it was really like in the death camps. Mr. Muller had great courage and strength in telling his account of the atrocites committed by the nazis. It was hard to put this book down. A worthy read for any classroom or book club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2006

    scary

    I've read other books about Auschwitz and this is the scariest. It is unbelivible that he survied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    you have to read this!!!

    I have read many books about the Holocaust and this is by far the most horrifying. I hope that people will read this and learn from the mistakes made in history.

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