Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform " scientific research " on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the an who became known as the infamous " Angel of Death "- Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele 's personal research pathologist. In that capactity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked primaril in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give this horrifying and sobering account.
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Orvos voltam Auschwitzban
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Published September 1st 2007 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1946

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I 'm gla there was much omitted from Dr. Nyiszli 's account, but his book introduces the reader a fairly good idea of just how demented members of the Third Reich were.2.

I do actually hink I could have been able read the nove in its entirety had it contained more emotion.3.

I hought that it as another book worth reading- one that made you think and ask questions.

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Equally horrifying and compelling, both my girlfrien and I read it cover to cover within 24 hours.

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When you appreciate the facts, that people were tortured to death by Mengele by cutting out body parts without anesthesia, or slowly killing victims with electrical shocks, or freezing them in ice water, it 's odd that none of this came out in th memoi, as if Nyiszli downplayed many of the horrors that he could have not only encountered but for which had been involved.Although this was decen read, he story is told by someone with special privilege, even though he was a Jew in a place where every other Jew was starved, beaten, tortured or gassed to death.

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people in his memoi, those who ca n't tell their stories, need to have their story told.

Five stars for the courage to tell thi tal.

he write ells his story in an unemotional way.

I 'm proud that people such as Miklos Nylszli had the courage to tell a tory of those who ca n't do o.

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I am writing review not to comment on the story itself, but in response to ome of the comment I have read about he nove.

Thi being said, whatever the doctor did certainly saved his life, and shocking readers with more details of gruesome medical experiments would have people shun the rest of he tory.

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Auschwitz: A Doctor 's Eyewitness Account by Miklós NyiszliMy Rating: I find myself incapable of rating this testimony of the excruciating horrors inflicted by human beings on fellow human beings and I wanted to only write my thoughts rather than a reviewDr. Miklós Nyiszli has categorically specified that this is not allowed to be a literary piece ( although the account must be the bravest non-fiction so far – if it is to be seen only through a reader ’ s point of view- coming from an eye-witness who was present on the camp for 12 laborious months) but it is no meant to be a first-hand testimony for the world to now what happened to their fellow human beings behind those hard-wearing camps in Auschwitz.He was appointed as one of the infamous Sonderkommando, prisoners who worked for the German forces to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims or to aid with other work related to extermination of the hundreds of innocents who came to the Auschwitz whose life span is not more than a meager 4 months themselves.

He invites us the journey from his arrival till his freedom – about how he narrowly stole himself from the jaws of death, about how he had to turn his heart into stone in order to ensure his sanity intact, about how in some way he strived to make sure that the savagery happening inside the barbed fence wires of Auschwitz goes out in the open and be known to the world outside, about how out of desperation a fellow group of human beings started feasting on the flesh of fellow human beings.

Facts starting from Dr. Nyiszli ’ s existence till the factual descriptions of Auschwithz ’ s crematoriums and chambers were investigated several times and in this particular study conducted by Charles Provan, it is show that Dr. Nyiszli did exist at Auschwitz during the mentioned period, however suspicions of his having collaborated with Germans ( especially his SS superiors for certain favors) have been expressed and none have been willin to completely demolish them.

o even if Dr. Nyiszli did turn into monster himself, we realize that at least some parts of his novel are true.

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