World War II Wednesday: Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account

Posted 9 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

World War II Wednesday: Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness AccountAuschwitz by Miklós Nyiszli
Published by Arcade Publishing on 1960
Genres: General, History
Pages: 222
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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 capactity 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.

This is a fabulous book. I’ve read a lot on the Holocaust and the Nazi death camps. This is the only first hand account on Mengele and the way the crematoriums functioned that I’ve ever seen. The writing is simplistic but clear — and horrifying.


I didn’t particularly appreciate the forward in this volume as I found it to be a bit … sanctimonious. Demanding to know why the only Sonderkommando that ever attempted to rebel was the 12th? Seriously? You’re going there?

This is a must read for everyone with any interest at all of WWII and should be a must read for everyone.

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  • Like you, I’ve pretty much devoured everything in this vein and was still shocked by this book. It’s one of the best accounts I’ve come across.