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            AUSCHWITZ :  A HISTORY
             SYBILLE STEINBACHER

The author begins by giving us a history of Auschwitz from the time it was a trading town up to the time it became the concentration camp.

On June 14, 1940, Auschwitz became the operations center, which was now known as a transit camp.  It is here where prisoners were "sorted".  We are given detailed descriptions as to what happened to the prisoner from the time they were brought to the camp. 

The author investigates the perception of mass-murder by the German public, and the situation of the inmates, the possibilities of resisting the SS camp and the behavior of the Allies.

There is a chapter at the end of the book titled "The Auschwitz Lie".  This chapter deals with the extreme right-wing apologists that have denied the National Socialist mass murder of the Jews and other groups of victims. 

This is a short book to read but it is by no means short of details.  The author does a thorough job of providing the reader with a history of Auschwitz.  There are several maps and illustrations to help the reader understand the details.  This is an excellent book for anyone interested in history and should be added to their collection.  The reader will definitely have a better understanding of what really happened at Auschwitz.  This book is highly recommended.


REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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