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Auschwitz: A History in Photographs [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (1 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253355818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253355812
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 23.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Documentary photographs and artwork by former prisoners record the history of Auschwitz.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget. 10 Dec 2003
By M. D Roberts VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book as a memorial of my own personal visit to the Nazi Concentration Camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This book provides as opportunity, perhaps as near to being there, to actually see the places where innocent Jews & others were executed and where countless thousands of children were gassed and their remains cremated as part of the Nazi industrial death machine. This book is indeed a fitting memorial and if you are unable to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum personally, then this book has to be the next best thing. The photographs show that little has changed there from those evil years under the Nazi regime of Hitler, Himmler and co. The buildings full of human hair, much from children still bearing their innocent plaits and curls are still there and the photographs bear witness to the fact. As are the buildings full of spectacles and suitcases still bearing the names of those murdered, along with so many other personal possessions. The buildings where they existed before the ultimate short trip to the gas chambers. The firing squads and the 'wall of death' between blocks 10 and 11. These are all documented so well in this book. How does one write a review on a book such as this! Please read it. It is a pictorial cry that history must not repeat itself. This book is highly, highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Images of the most notorious place in history 26 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is a pictorial monument to the people who perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The book builds a striking series of images from layout plans of the original camp to the furnaces and deceased victims of the holocaust. A friend of mine who has visited the present day camp museum described the book as something that brought the memories of his visit alive.
The book tells the story of Auschwitz with real photograps, and art drawn by camp inmates. Many photograps are truly shocking, and everyone who has read my copy of the book swears never to forget these sights. As no-one should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Auschwitz : A history in photographs 28 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
The cover is an appropriate introduction to what is a haunting collection of photographs and paintings of the Auschwitz Concentration camp complex. It covers elements of Auschwitz and Birkenau in many ways--the construction of Kitchens, sewage farms, Barracks and of course the Crematoria, even detailing in Crematoria IV the name of the oven manufacturers cast in iron. The Monowitz camp is covered as well, showing the visit of Himmler with Hoess at hand showing the Reichsleader the BUNA complex. The most compelling are the grotesque paintings showing what the Nazis certainly didn't want people to witness, the hideous roll calls, the work squads, with grotesque leering guards in bullying mode--showing the chaotic randomness of forced labor and murder. The photographs showing the half-cremated skulls and bones are a silent morose ending to this powerful book.
Its a good sized book with glossy paper, the photos are mounted in a black surround, some are sepia, some are colored, but the quality is excellent. well presented and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 6 July 2013
By angela
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Visited auchwitz last month and when we were there couldn't face buying a book as the whole experience was overwhelming. But since home felt we needed to look again at things and this book is perfect
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pictorial Account 23 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having just visited Auschwitz last week, I ordered this book as a remembrance of my experience there. The pictures and the stories behind the way they were obtained are extremely compelling and accurately show the accounts of the people who perished there.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament To The Memory Of The Innocents Who Were Murdered 25 Aug 2002
By M. D Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having visited the exact areas from which these photographs are taken, I am so grateful to have this book as a memorial of my visit and experiences there.
To actually see the places where innocent Jews were executed and where countless thousands of children were gassed and their remains cremated as part of the Nazi industrial death machine, is one of the most harrowing experiences of my life.
If you are unable to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum personally, then this book has to be the next best thing. The photographs show that little has changed there from those evil years under the Nazi regime of Hitler, Himmler and co..
The buildings full of human hair, much from children still bearing their innocent plaits and curls. Buildings full of spectacles and suitcases still bearing the names of those murdered, along with so many other personal possessions. The buildings where they existed before the ultimate short trip to the gas chambers. The firing squads and the 'wall of death' between blocks 10 and 11. They are all documented so well in this book.
This book is highly, highly recommended. How long these sites will actually remain is beginning to be questioned. Even now, with anti-Semitism again raising it's ugly head in Europe, plans are being talked about to build discotheques and shopping centres in the viscinity of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum. Little if any thought is being paid to the desecration of the memory and sanctity of the site where so many innocents perished. How long will it be before the site is itself talked of in terms of it's removal in pursuit of 'progress'.
The memories must be kept alive so that history does not repeat itself. This book is a testament to the evil perpetrated there.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great picture novel that helped me learn more. 26 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm still yet a child, and still yet to grow, but I will never grow out of the rememberence of the Holocaust. It was a time in our worlds history that we should never forget. This book helps reminds us of it and gives us a better view and perspective of what happen and to never take advantage of it.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what was offered 1 July 2014
By CTB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was rougher than promised: for example, the entire end sheet has been crudely cut out and there are high school library stamps in in
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review 5 Jun 2013
By Deanna S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Very Informational book and experienced an awesome transaction! I will be traveling to Poland soon and plan on touring the camp. The book has been an educational tool.
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