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Could not put this book down. It was very interesting and gave totally different views of what was happening than other books I have read. I think it should be a miust read for anyone looking for info about the Holocaust.
This book held my attention throughout....while other articles and stories skim detail, this book holds no bars, even if it makes the reader uneasy at times. We must never let the tragic history of the holocaust disappear. My only hope is humanity-learns by it, although we have seen some slippage in recent times.
Extremely well written history of Auschwitz. Man’s inhumanity under a dictator like Hitler with those who blindly followed his goals is clear warning for future countries and how they maintain a democracy.
I have read several holocaust books over the years. This book explains the how and why the Nazis were able to annihilate the Jews. This should be required reading in all schools. The courage of Vrba and Wexler to escape from Auschwitz then provide a detail report of the activities is super human. Then, the politics of the information in the works allows another 400,000 Jewish people to be gassed and cremated. This book stirs up anger and outrage. If nothing else, this book should be read to use as a warning to the activities in the world today.
I am a history buff and downloaded for my kindle. I began reading and was horrified at the content. It is not due to the author's writing at all. It gave a very good depiction of what the Holocaust was about and how Hitler's Germany worked. In that respect the book exceeded my expectations. The book tells the story of the prisoners plight during the worst and most inhuman acts known at that time. I loved and hated this book at the same time. It was informative and clear cut about the actions of the prisoners who did everything possible to assist fellow prisoners. It showed caring, love, pathos, depression, ignorance, hatred, and all the other emotions the Jewish people endured. At times I had to put the book aside due to the emotions it stirred up in me. I had put myself in some of the prisoners places and was totally overwhelmed. This book stirs up so much empathy for them and total disgust for the Hitler "bosses" who had no feeling for the acts they did. I think that if you are going to read this please be aware that the information is raw but told realistically and garners sympathy for the Jewish people who lived under such extreme circumstances. No one should have ever been treated this way. History needs to be told and this book does a fantastic job of describing what really happened. Only by remembering the awful circumstances and vowing to never let this happen again will humanity (leaders of nations) can we impact future events. I remember hearing (from family members) what happened in WWII the agony they went through to follow some of the orders they were given and it still haunts them to this day.
Over the years I have read many books on the Holocaust. This is one of the best. I visited Auschwitz in 2005. This author brings to life the horror and inhumanity as well as humanity that existed there. We should never forget.