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Auschwitz Auschwitz Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history Yet its story is not fully known In Auschwitz Laurence Rees reveals new insights from than original interviews with Ausc

  • Title: Auschwitz
  • Author: Laurence Rees
  • ISBN: 9781586483036
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Auschwitz By Laurence Rees, Auschwitz Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history Yet its story is not fully known In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled dAuschwitz Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history Yet its story is not fully known In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred.Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe s Jews their Final Solution He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a practical response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz

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    1. THE FLOWERS IN THE WINDOWBOXWhen you read about the Nazis there s always this strange contradiction their famous obsession with order, with following orders, with classification, rules, hierarchy, and all of that, is superimposed upon a regime which was most of the time in chaos, ministries competing with other ministries, states the SS within states for many really big projects there was a culture of no written orders, and in many cases major policies were made up on the spot.The answer to this [...]

    2. My favorite quote I now live by came from this book.when a survivor was asked how he made it through Auschwitz, he replied worse things have happened to better people I think twice about my woes when I think of his response

    3. The real bloodbath was about to begin One word for it,Excruciating I don t know what else to say, I m too dumbfounded to speak Having suffered in the camp himself for nearly two years, Paczy ski felt no great emotion as he saw these people go to their deaths One becomes indifferent Today you go, tomorrow I will go You become indifferent A human being can get used to anything.

    4. When it comes to complex topics like the Holocaust, I think it s helpful to read from a number of sources And often, the best books are those that offer us something new, either by presenting a piece of the puzzle that was missing or perhaps adding additional perspective that affords us a new way of looking at an old piece, allowing us to better place it.I m not sure I can do a book like this justice in a review other than to say it was an excellent compliment to other readings I ve done to this [...]

    5. I ve read countless books on the holocaust I ve taken classes on Genocide The pages I ve read and absorbed on hate, suffering and the amazing will to survive will never leave me Books on Hitler Nazis Speer H ss Goebbels Even Eva Germany France Russia Hungary Poland Ghettos Stars Treblinka Sobibor Ravensbruk Dachau And of course, Auschwitz I ve been there I ve made that climb to the Eagles Nest and viewed that panoramic sky It s downright evil that such a place of beauty ever gave Adolf and those [...]

    6. This historical non fiction is 300 pages but I spent only 3 working days which means I read only at home late evening and early morning to finish it I just could not put it down It is well reseached and contains interviews of the survivors not only the Jews from diffent countries Poland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and Netherlands, etc but also the other groups like gypsies, Jehova s Witness, etc Previously, my only knowledge about Holocaust was those from watching Schindler s List [...]

    7. Auschwitz A New History was filled with new facts and numerous interviews with survivors and former SS I liked the detailed interviews which spanned from Jewish people from numerous countries that turned them over to the Reich, gypsies, POWs, Jehovah s Witness, and other groups of people that in most books might have been passed over It obviously gives facts about the atrocities that occurred at Auschwitz then the other camps, but all the camps are brought up throughout the book The information [...]

    8. The 5 stars I gave are not oh my gosh this was amazing 5 stars It was I am completely speechless and cannot believe what I did not know 5 stars I only write these reviews to print them out in my journal so 30 years from now I can laugh at how dumb I was Or to see what I thought when I re read something There were times in this book I went and hid in my room to cry so my wife couldn t see me I have had countless sleepless nights My kids have yelled out in their sleep and I have dashed into their [...]

    9. The premise of the book is that Nazis at all levels, from the soldier to the leaders, years later that they saw nothing wrong with the way they acted at the time and for many even many years later The book is than just a history of Auschwitz, arguably the most infamous of all Nazi concentration camps It sets Auschwitz in the mist of the Nazis attempt to exterminate the Jews According to the book Auschwitz was not just an extermination camp Matter of fact this was not its main purpose from the s [...]

    10. Others have complained about some aspects of this book specifically, that much of it focuses on details which are not at first glance, directly related to Aushwitz, such as what happened to the Jewish people in Denmark, and details and accounts of the three death camps built in Poland, the names of which I, and I m sure many others, had never heard before.I wanted to say that all of these details and stories, from the revolt at Sobibor one of the three death camps led by Slovakian POWs, to the w [...]

    11. I would like to preface this review by stating that I have read a great deal of Holocaust literature and each evokes in me a different emotional response, but never before has a text exposed me to both an analytical and equally sorrowful account of this dark period in history Much like the point in time this work is based on, the subject matter is not for the faint of heart The author does not skirt over any events that took place in Auschwitz including the part played by the Allies and the non [...]

    12. Oh, man Everyone needs to read this book.I learned many things about Auschwitz I didn t know before Well written, intensely researched, intricately detailed, I learned about concentration camps, work camps, and death camps I saw how European countries were culpable in the detention and transport of Jews to Auschwitz, and how many not all looked on as their neighbors were taken away I thought perhaps Germans, Poles, Slovaks, Czechs, French, etc really weren t aware of the mass extermination of hu [...]

    13. In my personal opinion this is one of the best historical documentaries I have ever read It honestly felt like I was reading a fictional thriller, keeping me gripped to each page wanting to know what will happen next Although quite gruesome at times it does have moments of happiness like when the author explains many successful escape plans This particular book was indeed quite slow at the beginning but really picked up pace shortly after.The book conducted interviews with many prisoners of the [...]

    14. What makes this book so powerful is the use of personal interviews and personal stories Because we are human, a personal storyhas far resonance than a statstical number.Rees brings out several not widely kown facts, but he also realies on a variety of eye witness accounts that bring a depth to the history One hears the story of an adopted child who is taken from her family because her biological grandmother was a gypsy One learns about what happens in the Channel Islands, and how Jewish refugee [...]

    15. Gruelling of course A chronological account of the development of Auschwitz with substantial detours into the stories of the communities of Europe that were shipped and in a few rare cases, not shipped to the crematoria This is an efficient and affecting telling though it is opinionated, and has rather too much of the imagine how traumatic that would have been approach Anyway after a difficult visit there a few weeks ago and a poor guide I found this sorted some residual issues in my mind Though [...]

    16. Chilling Even so because it is meticulously documented and footnoted That said, Rees spread his net so wide that it bogged down, if not distracted from his central story.Not a fun read, but a worthwhile read We none of us should ever forget that civilized , educated, proud people did this Intentionally, with malaise and forethought.

    17. I ve been interested in the history of the Holocaust ever since I first studied it in eighth grade This book is a well researched, extremely thorough account of what happened at Auschwitz, with many personal details from the people who were there.

    18. This is probably one of the best books concerning the Holocaust that that I have ever read Not because it is abound with new information, just the opposite in fact, much of the facts discussed are ones that I have heard before What truly makes this book remarkable is the overwhelming amount of research that went into it, specifically the gathering of first hand accounts from Nazis and survivors alike These accounts lend an unmistakable realism to the discussion The reader is not able to disassoc [...]

    19. I had purchased this book hoping to learn about daily life in Auschwitz, only to find a far general, entry level book on the Holocaust in general that would have been aptly titled Holocaust 101 I almost felt swindled when I found page after page about the irrelevant rescue of the Jews from Denmark, the role of the Waffen SS and police battalions on the Eastern Front, and a long, detailed description of how the Final Solution was finally brought to Hungary in 1944 things that are certainly of [...]

    20. Haunting Horrible Terrifying Fascinating That s what this book delivers.This is one of my favorite accounts of the Holocaust, and what I especially liked from Rees book was that he not only focused on the Jews, but Jews from Poland, from Hungary, Italy, Denmark, France, Belgium, etc, as well as on gays, POWS, gypsies, Jehova s Witnesses, etc He also wrote of the Holocaust through previous Nazi s eyes.It s a personal account from all different types of people associated with the Holocaust, and th [...]

    21. Descriptive, informative and painful all at once Having studied the Holocaust for the past 16 years, this book provides new and interesting information The information is astounding It was fascinating to read from many different perspectives of all those who were involved victims, perpetrators, and outsiders.One of the survivors said that Nobody knows themselves Upon meeting someone who is kind, he wonders how kind they would be in camp Survival is one hell of a form of betrayal Unfortunately, t [...]

    22. Having read The Nazis a Warning from History and The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler I came to this book worrying how much material would have been recycled in those two later books, I was pleasantly surprised in that respect.This volume demonstrates Rees fantastic ability as a historian, writer and when he doesn t go mad with graphics, producer He has an ability to show a human side as a historian whilst not pulling any punches, or withholding upsetting information The information is stark, but w [...]

    23. This was a very moving and disturbing book Rees interviewed dozens of Auschwitz survivors, as well as several former Nazi officials What emerges is a shocking and sobering look at human nature in the midst of world war.I chose to only give this book three stars because I feel that the title was deceptive While Auschwitz was certainly a primary focus of this book, I felt that a great deal of the book focused on what led to the creation of the death camps in general While fascinating, this was not [...]

    24. Auschwitz was the first concentration camp and the biggest set up by the German Gestapo to kill all Jewish people by gassing them in showers during the second world war.If you believe any of that statement above after all that is pretty much common knowledge then you need to read this book Notorious Auschwitz prison camp did align to some of these stories but in smaller ways However there is no denying the brutality and degradation of the place, right down to when the war was over and prisoners [...]

    25. A fantastic and compelling account of the one of the worst places in history Author Laurence Rees takes us not only to the camp but, importantly, the context in which it was created Auschwitz had the distinction of being the only camp within the Nazi system that was both a concentration camp where prisoners labored for the Third Reich and an extermination camp How and why this came about makes for a fascinating read, as it was not created overnight or even created for the purposes for which it [...]

    26. A long read but very detailed, contains many interviews with survivors and even some guards that worked there Book gives the history of Auschwitz, why it was built, how it developed and ended Also many accounts of life there from the prisoners Highly recommended

    27. A factual account of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question using Auschwitz as the pivotal point When operating at full capacity the gas chambers and crematoria at Auschwitz processed i.e killed 1.1 million souls, and was matched only by Treblinka.This is a very objective account and one tends to glaze over as the astounding statistics are paraded in front of one s eyes, but the author has leavened this with personal accounts which do help to make it a little immediate For me the story of th [...]

    28. Very harrowing book Lots of peoples memories and stories of people who were there The research is incredible but its quite hard to read.

    29. So far it s the best book about concentration, death camps that I ve read The chronology is clear and understandable Testimonies touching and a good break from just dry historical fact throughout a book It mentioned Be ec death camp on a few pages I happened to live nearby it When my parents came to visit me and saw me reading this book, we decided to go to see this place Small area, incredible place It s never easy to visit those places or read about them But it s important to remember what hap [...]

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