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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When the Nazis invaded Hungary inthey 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: Nyiszli was name When the Nazis invaded Hungary inthey sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. 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. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Arcade Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Auschwitzplease sign up.

I am a member and I am logged in, but I do not see a spot to click to take me to a spot where I can write a review. Carolyn Simmons never mind, I finally figured it out. See 2 questions about Auschwitz…. Lists with This Book. To the Holocaust denier, Dr.

To those of us living on planet earth the truth is relentless, unbearable, and should never be forgotten. All the youngsters who neglect history, and keep whining on about life need to read this. I had a pretty good idea how this was going to read, but that didn’t make it any less painful.

There was just no let-up, the Nazi conveyor belt To the Holocaust denier, Dr. There was just no let-up, the Nazi conveyor belt of death moving continually twenty-four-seven.

Even though I knew beforehand, the amount of Jews mass murdered I still simply cannot and will not ever fully grasp, how could man do this? My blood nyiszlli cold just thinking about it.

The ambiguous victim: Miklós Nyiszli’s narrative of medical experimentation in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Josef Mengele was sacred, death could have been waiting for him at any nyiszzli time. One mistake, and it’s certains. So many moments arose when he thought, that’s it, only to be spared. Had he not been able to perform autopsies at the hands of the Reich, this book wouldn’t exist. Hope had no place here, every Sonderkommando work unit had a life span, the new would Cremate auachwitz old. Nyiszli witnessed this twelve times during his stay, before catching sight of the last S. His eyes lingered for what seemed like an eternity, through the barbed wire fence of the camp, the rows of barracks stood out against the night sky.

This cemetery of millions, without a single grave. With a racing heart, he was on the path to freedom It all began for Nyiszli, specializing in forensic pathology and carrying out medical duties for both the police and the courts, gaining valuable miklis in identifying unusual or disputed deaths in the corpses he examined. Of course this being before war broke out. Little did he realise miklps would not only help to save his life, but also pass on valuable knowledge in the Reich’s evil machine during the final solution.


He was left with little choice.

Miklós Nyiszli

After being rounded up, shipped off, to then an unknown destination, who can guess what went through his mind. Nyiszli lived and breathed the stale air, surrounded by the ghosts of the dead and the men of the Sonderkommando throughout his time in Auschwitz. And for a long time his account of the day to running of Auschwitz was virtually the only record of what really happened behind the gates of hell.

He had many duties, from patching up prisoners and S. Mengele had a specific interest in anthropology, and had Nyiszli look closely at the bodies of many sets of twins, ranging from infants to those older, in the hope of learning more genetically.

It also becomes apparent Mengele engaged in sadistic often fatal experiments on the living, which grossly violated commonly accepted ethical standards of medicine and clinical research. I thought this man would be as bad as it gets, who could be lower? At least Mengele showed the smallest amount of emotion, whilst Mussfeld was void of any. A human killing machine, the worse of his kind, who liked to put a bullet in the back of the neck of his victims, some not killed outright, left to suffer.

It’s off the scale thinking numbers wise, but it didn’t in the least bit bother him to exterminate hundreds of screaming prisoners of all ages at a time. So along with the gas, there was the bullet, and later on not to my surprise, the flamethrower, typical Nazi mentality, no one gets an easy death, even those attempting suicide were bought back, only to end up like the rest.

New Light on Dr. Miklos Nyiszli and His Auschwitz Book

In fact Nyiszli helped save a member of the Sonderkommando, who tried to put himself to sleep. Others begged him to let the man go peacefully, away from this hell on earth, he didn’t listen, and deeply regretted his decision. On gaining more trust with Mengele, and not talking on subjects other than work, Nyiszli, with an air of confidence simply asked one day ‘when is this all going to stop?

Nyiszli knew, that if he dared to raise his voice or act with criticism and doubts, his life might well be forfeit, and the descriptions in his accounts here show how careful he had to be in regards his relations with Mengele.

He walked on a fine tightrope. Never to over step the boundary of his status. He needed to remind himself from time to time that despite having extra privileges, he was still a dead man walking, it was only a matter of time. He writes as a doctor, or in other words, as a dispassionate clinical observer, perhaps this was the only way of escaping his torment, and the numbing horrors that were carried out not far from his room.

The clinical, factual nature of events gives this account added value. It’s written in a way that shows self-control rather than an out pouring of grief and pain. But this is clearly hard to contain, as many times you feel he just wants to break down, who can blame him? It’s all about what his eyes witness, not the mind, mlklos own thoughts are second nature, although his wife and daughter remain close in his heart, he had little time to dwell on the chimneys of doom, or the screams of the many, having become so use to them.

What good would it have done anyway? All he could do was please the S. S with his work, carry on living, until he didn’t. But a breakthrough came when an attack by kommando rebels claimed one of the four crematorium as well as many S. This was the beginning of the end, and the Reich knew it. With the Red Army approaching, the S. And thus telling the world about the worst atrocity to hit the 20th century. View miolos 6 comments.


Unfortunately, it seems to me that Holocaust memoirs can at this distance in space and time become something they were not meant to be, something disreputable, something akin to the torture porn of modern horror movies like Saw or Hostel. If you read a number of these memoirs you get to be a connoisseur of atrocities.

When you find yourself being able to explain why Mauthausen was worse than Dachau, and how Treblinka and Chelmno differed from Stutthof and who Irma Grese was, and you are not your Unfortunately, it seems to me that Holocaust memoirs can at this distance in space and time become something they were ayschwitz meant to be, something disreputable, something akin to the torture porn of modern horror movies like Saw or Hostel.

When you find yourself being able to millos why Mauthausen was worse than Dachau, and how Treblinka and Chelmno differed from Stutthof and who Irma Grese was, and you are not yourself a professional historian, it may be that you should stop reading them. View all 25 comments. Mar 31, Maureen Casey rated it it was amazing. This was a short and gripping read, and tells a story that must never be forgotten.

I am writing this review not auechwitz comment on the story itself, but in response to some of the criticisms I have read about the book. Dr Miklos Nyiszli was at Birkenau rather than Auschwitz, and there are several inconsistencies in the book between Auschwitz and Birkenau.

Auschwitz and Birkenau were part of one larger complex collectively called Auschwitz. I believe that perhaps the colloquia This was a short and auschqitz read, and tells a story that must never be forgotten. I believe that perhaps the colloquial references to the name of the camp heard while living there are just simply unclear to those of us who weren’t there.

I sometimes found the descriptions of the layout of the camp in the book confusing, but I believe they made sense with Dr.

Nyiszli’s recollection of Auschwitz-Birkenau when he was there. The doctor’s descriptions seem detached, therefore the book may have been written by someone else. I think the phrase “lost in translation” may describe the feeling some readers have expressed. I felt throughout the book that Dr Nyiszli probably was responsible for more of the medical “experiments” atrocities than he claimed responsibility for in the book, and pointedly left out details for what he was not proud of. Mengele was a really bad dude, and I don’t think the author would have established the level of trust with Mengele that he did without being more menacing himself.

That 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 the story. I don’t think this book was published until several years after the doctor’s death, and I would not be surprised if I found out that someone close to the author edited out gruesome parts of the manuscript before publication.

If that happened, it may also explain some of the disconnectedness some readers felt about this book. Apr 07, Arnab Das rated it it was amazing Shelves: To say that Aushwitz is an interesting read would be a gross understatement. Aushwitz is a historical document. And most importantly an insider’s tale of the horrors that the captives of one of the most dreadful concentration camps in history underwent.