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
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.
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