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Publisher's Summary

Auschwitz was one of the first books to bring the full horror of the Nazi death camps to the American public; this is, as the New York Review of Books said, "the best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available."

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 man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capacity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give this horrifying and sobering account.

©1960, 2011 Miklos Nyiszli (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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This was not a bad book. It read more like a journal than a story. It is simply about one man's experience in a Nazi camp. He witnessed some terrible things while in Auchwitz, and this is a detailed account. This book is not for the squeamish. The doctor is a forensic pathologist who was forced to do autopsies on people who were put to death in Auchwitz. He himself took no part in the killings. Some reviews have referred to him as a war criminal, but honestly, the man had a choice of dying in the gas chambers or working under Mengele doing autopsies on prisoners that were already DOA. The author choose the latter path, and was in constant fear for his life the whole time he was under captivity. Through a series of bribes, he was able to move about the camps more freely than others, but I do not see this as a point of pride for him, especially when you realize what his purpose for moving about the camp was. The book shows what a monster Mengele was and explains his demented ideas that led to the autopsies. This book is a grim reminder of the evil that exists in the world. We owe it to the fallen to hear these stories and remember them. One point of note: I was appalled at the prologue, which, if I understood it correctly, suggested that the plight of the Jews was, in part, brought upon them by their own doing. It was suggested that they were to blame in part for the atrocities that occurred due to their compliance and passivity. This was a different era, and a different people. Naive as they may or may not have been, you do what you are told when a gun is pointed at you. I was very displeased with the opening, and I think it did the book as a whole an grave injustice. As a matter of fact, it was insulting. Narration was average.

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Just wow.

I have searched for books that tell about how things were inside the camps, and I have searched for books about the experiments, and the gas chambers.

While most books skirt around those topics - this one hits the full horror head on. First rate account

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Great book. Very dark.

Would you listen to Auschwitz again? Why?

I will likely listen to this again. I think the seriousness in the voice of the narrator really underscores the gravity of what's happening throughout. A few have complained about the monotone voice but I think it was necessary for it to sound serious and not playful or overly dramatic. This stuff actually happened after all.

What other book might you compare Auschwitz to and why?

Hmm. I'm not sure what to compare this too. It's probably the most detailed book about Auschwitz that I've ever read.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't want to say. Because it's a very dark, depressing part of the book and I don't want to ruin it for potential readers.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was upsetting. I mean you hear about things that happened during this time in history, but to hear a first hand account of what was going on in this camp is so depressing.

Any additional comments?

Read this book. Everyone on the planet should read this. It's so hard to believe that evil like this existed less than 100 years ago. Very detailed and very well written and read.

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a must read......

I see why this book is so important it grabs you like fish hooks and doesn't let go books almost 7 hours long feels like 40 minutes, and yet being placed in Auschwitz by this story feels like an eternity. the thing that grabbed me the most was a father and son with deformities was chosen their bodies to be boiled and their skeletons sent back to the Third Reich Museum as a deficiency example of their race and when the skeletons were removed from the iron tubs the prisoners thought it was meat being prepared for them and ate the Flesh not realizing it was flesh of the to humans until they were told later on I'll never forget that.

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Ghastly riveting!

Most informative. Ghastly portrait of man's inhumanity to man. Must read. An asset to history.

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Most difficult book I've ever read...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Michael Levine?

He was far too manly and brash to read this book...

Do you think Auschwitz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. It ends too abruptly.

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Bad Narration

It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.

I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.

The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.

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couldn't get through it

it's a great idea and part of history that MUST be told but listening to it was to difficult. it was harder than listening to a college professor teach quantum physics. I WANTED to finish it. I got to chapter 10 but despite the historical importance, it was written and narrated too boring.

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Mindblowing!

Miklos Nyisli's unbelievable eye witness account to the Greatest Evil ever perpetrated by mankind will change you forever.

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Worst narration ever!

It's possible this story may have been better without the truly terrible and flat narration, but I doubt it. I highly disagree with the prolgue writers opinion that the Jews walked willingly to their own death, but I have to agree the doctor was definitely not practicing as a doctor during his time in camp.

If anything, too often he seemed proud that he assisted doctor Mengele and and put far too much emphasis on the times when he felt he had been respected by the SS or other nazis. Again, the poor narration may have contributed to my opinion, but many times I found myself thinking he had turned on his own during his time in camp. His story is completely unlike hundreds of other accounts of prisoners I have previously read.

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  • 04-19-18

disappointing

Delivered in a detached robotic American tone it was difficult to connect with the characters events

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  • Mark Hill
  • 06-27-19

Shocking account of mans brutality to man.

Heart rendering account on one man’s journey through hell. Very descriptive, account. Only criticism is the narrator. Would have been better to have a Polish or some other Eastern European to narrate as the American accent didn’t really go. All in all though a very tragic tale beautifully written.

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  • Michael Mageean
  • 11-30-18

terrible reading was very robotic

story was ok but the reading of it sounded like a robot, that made it a hard listen.

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  • Julie Artist
  • 08-10-14

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What made the experience of listening to Auschwitz the most enjoyable?

This was an incredibly difficult book to listen to, but compelling at the same time. I have only ever studied WWII history at school, but I guess I wanted to understand more about the Nazi plan for superiority and the lessons we can all learn to avoid anything like this happening again

What did you like best about this story?

This was written from a first hand experience. I felt as though the witness was somewhat detached from the atrocities. It is hard to judge someone else when they have been through such an experience. I guess we all have an idea of what we do, how we would cope, but the reality is no one knows until they have been there.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were various instances in the book when an individual was described. I found it particularly hard to imagine what despair and trauma these people would have experienced in their final hours.

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It never ceases to amaze me how quickly humans can justify cruelty, because I am sure the German officers were not born bad, but were made bad by twisted logic. It also serves as a lesson to all of us to never forget and learn from past atrocities. How this could ever be denied beggars belief.

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  • M J North
  • 08-09-16

Never Forget

Only history through words now, but I actually felt hurt and bruised from the reality of this well told book.

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  • Steven Waite
  • 09-08-21

Speechless.

The horror that this man witnessed is almost beyond belief!
Very hard to listen to at times, but a story that MUST be heard.

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  • Amanda
  • 08-24-21

Great listen - lose the forward!!

This is a horrifying but compelling listen - highly recommended.

But the forward by Bruno Bettelheim has got to be excised from the work altogether. It is a 10 minute abomination of victim-blaming which is tempered only slightly by the fact that it was written in 1960. We have decades since of confirmed eye-witness accounts and developments in our understanding of behavioural psychology to understand ‘why they walked to their deaths instead of dying like men’ (whaaaaat?!). It was a jarring and offensive opening to an otherwise profound work that urgently needs to be removed completely.

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  • sadith
  • 08-11-21

Terrible narration

The narrator sounded robotic and disinterested. There were pauses in the middle of sentences and mispronunciations which were most irritating. I only persevered because the story deserved to be heard. I would avoid this narrator in future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-21

The preface is the best bit

Although the account is powerful, it is also cold. Perhaps non-emotional is the best style for this awful story, but I missed a real sense of the writer except as an automoton. The reader also has a robotic performance. Again perhaps this is entirely right, it just didn't quite work for me.

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  • Monkey
  • 03-14-21

A must

I learnt things that I never knew about in Auschwitz. This is a real eye opener

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-19

One of the most sickening stories I’ve ever heard. One that had to be told.

Josef Mengele would have to be one of the worst humans to ever breathe. A despicable person.

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  • Laura Dixon
  • 02-10-19

Absolutely Incredible Story

I cannot stress how interesting and IMPORTANT this book is. This book really puts you in the shoes of someone living in a concentration camp in a way I haven't seen before. Absolutely loved this book.

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  • Gub Wonder
  • 09-13-21

Great insight

Like being a fly on the wall in Auschwitz. Easy to listen to and well told.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-21

words from someone who was there

a harrowing story from a man who was there and saw it all..everyone needs to hear his story.
ten stars

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  • Brett Douglas
  • 05-20-20

Amazing and truly shocking book

You'll never look at casserole the same way again! When you get to that part it you'll understand!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-19

amazing

it was interesting to see how people treat other people . to think people actually survived the torture the went through. if you like history you would enjoy if that is the correct word

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  • Nawwal
  • 07-12-19

Interesting and terrifying but....

There is no doubt that everything within this book is truly terrifying, but I have also have a friend who was telling me about a book called "An Auschwitz Doctor's Eyewitness Account: The Tall Tales of Dr. Mengele's Assistant Analyzed" which claims that Nyszli is "either an extraordinary impostor or a lunatic".... So I was unable to take the recount of the ordeal as complete truth... Nor do I discredit everything said.... I am sure there is a grey area in the middle of these two books where the facts/truth actually lies.