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Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz

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Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization. It was a shocking experience. It is a shocking book.

Memoir of a Hungarian woman who was imprisoned for several years in the ...

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Overview

Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization. It was a shocking experience. It is a shocking book.

Memoir of a Hungarian woman who was imprisoned for several years in the German concentration camp Auschwitz.

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"You have done a real service by letting the ones who are now silent and most forgotten speak." — Albert Einstein

"This book is more moving than earlier descriptions of the death camps because it is vividly articulated, not by a sympathetic observer, but by one of the few who survived the horror." — San Francisco Chronicle

"It is a picture of utter hell." — Saturday Review of Literature

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"It is a picture of utter hell."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897333764
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 192,824
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Five Chimneys parts the smoke of life in Auschwitz-Birkenau

    Olga Lengyel wrote about her life under the Nazi regime in Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz. As the wife of a well-known doctor in Nazi occupied Transylvania, she believed, as a non Jewish woman she was safe from the dangers of the war, but she was wrong. After two years in Auschwitz-Birkenau under unspeakable conditions, Lengyel survived and wrote a moving account of her life, the violence she experienced, and the horrors she witnessed. This true-life story reads like a novel. It was difficult to read, yet impossible to put down. Lengyel writes in a straightforward style that allows the reader to look into the daily lives of concentration camp inmates. The reader witnesses the horrors of life in Birkenau through Lengyel's vivid and descriptive account. This is a must read book for anyone interested in WWII and the absolute will and determination of the human spirit to survive. Lengyel demonstrates how strong an individual's will and determination can be through her account of her experiences. Central to the story is the idea that although evil exists, ultimately good will prevail. I have read many books about the Holocaust, hoping to understand the insanity that existed during that time in history. Although I doubt that I will ever find the book that makes it all clear, Five Chimneys provides a perspective that is unique and enlightening. Most survivor stories that I have read are told by Jewish survivors. Five Chimneys is not a book told from the Jewish Holocaust survivor's perspective, but instead from the perspective of an individual who was interred because of her husband's political dissent. As a result of the accounts that I read in this book, I will never use another Bayer product. The involvement of the Bayer Corporation was appalling to me and I found it amazing that they were able to survive their involvement in the Holocaust and still remain a profitable nationally recognized and supported corporation! Five Chimneys is similar, in my opinion, to Wiesel's Night...a must read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

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    A story for all time!

    This was one book that I read in a day. Even if I wanted to, I dont think that i could of put this book down. The book was haunting to think what happend to this woman and all the others during this crisis. Though this book is about one womans survival.....Its about much more. This was one of the first books that I read on the Holocaust. This truely is a must read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Avid Holocaust Reader

    I have read quite a few books about the Holocaust. It has become an obsession reading about this horrific era. Of all the books I have read so far...this is by far the best.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Five Chimneys

    A sad, but enlightening memoir of a Jewish survivor of Aushwitz. I could never understand why the Jewish population did not fight back against the Nazis. This book made several reason much clearer and more understandable why this was the Jewish state of mind. It is almost impossible to believe that people (Nazis) could treat other people (Jews, Gypsies, and anyone in their way) in such a horrible way.
    I found the book to be very well written and very thought-provoking. I have just recently began reading stories of World War 2. This book is one of my favorites. If you are interested in reading about WW II than this is a book you do not want to miss.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a highschool sophomore doing a research project on the Holo

    I am a highschool sophomore doing a research project on the Holocaust. I chose this book to aid me with my project because it was very informative and detailed. Olga Lengyel surprised me with her in depth, first person view on her life in Auschwitz. This book gave me clear insight to how badly the jews and other races were treated during the Holocaust. After witnessing so many deaths and being so close to dying her self Olga proved to be stronger than the abusive, controling German Nazis. Lengyel made me feel like I was there with her while she was telling the story and as if I were in her shoes. I could not put the book down after reaching the middle because I was so into it and caught up in her story. Her survivor's perspective gave me an outlook on life that I had not previously had before. She gave me hope to believe and stay strong no matter what horrible situation I may be in. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else who is either interested in the Holocaust or has a project on it. I was never bored while reading the book and it inspired me to not take things for granted.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    An Exelent Book

    Its so perfect that its like you are envolved in that nightmare too.And even if you read it twice yo will feel the same efect that you feel the first time you read it,and even the third time you will not get bored.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Very Informative-Highly Recommend!

    I have read many Holocaust books, and this one, by far, was one of the best I have read! It was very eye-opening and gave you truthful information, some hard to believe, but true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Good insider perspective.

    A suggested read for anyone who enjoyed Anne Frank and the human stories of the holocost.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    Inspiring story, but lacking excitement.

    This book inspires you to live life like it¿s your last day; to have no regrets. Olga said, ¿After all, had that I received assurances from a German officer that there was no danger?¿ Everyone that got n that train with Olga thought they were going to a safe place and could come back to visit their family. Later, Olga didn¿t worry about saying goodbye to her friend, or writing a will, or even telling her family she loved them. She thought that her husband, children and herself still had a full lifetime ahead of them. She loses everything, including her family. Every day she regrets the decisions she made. The Germans fooled everyone into thinking they were safe, and because of that, people¿s problems were left unsolved, and their secrets were left unsaid. The book inspired me to live each day like it¿s my last, because I never know when it might be.

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