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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc (24 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566632714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566632713
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Riveting...it is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading. Jewish Press A very detailed description of day-to-day life, if we can call it that, in Hell's inmost circle...jammed with infernal information too terrible to be taken all at once. -- Terrence Des Pres

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Filip Muller was born in Czechoslovakia in 1922, was deported to Auschwitz in 1942, was liberated in 1945, and afterward lived in Western Europe.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By unrealneil on 5 Jun. 2005
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I read this book in a day and was unable to put it down once I had begun. It tells the remarkable story of existance and survival through the worst moment of history.
I had recently been to the camp and having that clear image of layout only increased the horror of the book.
I would recommend this to anyone.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By N. S. C. Williams on 16 Feb. 2007
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If this book were submitted as a work of fiction, everyone would think it was a ridiculous, far fetched plot.

The fact that it is an account of what actually happened in the Concentration camps during WW2, makes it the most uncomfortable, emotional, sickening but compelling book you will probably ever read.

I am 43 years old, and am not generally known for showing my emotions, but there were several points during this book where I struggled to hold back tears reading about the plight of these poor people (and their children) under the rule of the Nazis and the ruthless SS.

It beggars belief that a person could do such a thing to another living person, regardless of whether they were following orders or not. I hope as many people as possible read this book, to ensure that an unspeakable attrocity such as this never happens again.
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169 of 178 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2002
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Filip Muller was a memebr of the Sonderkommado at Auschwitz-Birkenau, responsible for the disposal of the corpses after death by gassing. Having first seen "Shoah" (the epic Claude Lanzmann Documentary)where Filip Muller explains his experiences at Auschwitz-Birkenau (admittedly edited in length), it was most interesting to read his book to obtain the true picture of his suffering.
Having actually been to Auschwitz-Birkenau and read extesnively around the subject, it is still a deeply moving & disturbing when you read what actually happened there. As a third person, it is very interesting to read an account like this, as it actually puts you very vividly into that envrionment.
This book is thoroughly recommended - it captures all that is so very wrong in the human spirit - hatred, bigotry, prejudice - and yet all that is so very right in the human spirit - courage, determination & an extraordinary will to survive & bear witness to humanity's greatest crime.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2002
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The eye-witness accounts of the author make your blood run cold. The horrors to which the Jewish people were subjected to at Auschwitz, just because they were Jews, are presented in horrific and heart-rending detail.
The accounts of women, the elderly and infants being shepherded into the gas chambers through deceit or force, right under the eyes of the author, will remain with you for ever.
We must all be thankful that survivors are prepared to document their experiences in this way...
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. Fraser on 18 Feb. 2007
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I have read a great amount of accounts by holocaust survivers. They all are remarkable, and all add somthing to the history we should never forget.

This book deals in considerable depth with the practicalities of the mass murders, the gas chambers and crematoria. As so few of the Sonderkommando survived to bear witness, Mullers account bears added importance.

One of the most remarkable things about this book is the simple matter-of-fact way in which Muller relates his account. Almost as if he were talking about some 9 to 5 factory job. What really comes across is how the Nazis dehumanised those in their charge to perform these tasks, but still those like Muller somehow survived and came out the other side.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2006
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A compelling account, written in a sparse, matter-of-fact style that illustrates how human beings can accept and adapt to the most horrific conditions and maintain the will to survive. It is the determination to report the monstrous crimes he has witnessed that keeps the author going. His choices are stark - collaborate in the murder of thousands of innocent people or die. He also has to face the terrible fact that he is 'safest' (a relative term for an Auschwitz prisoner) when the exterminations are at their height - as the war draws to a close, and the gasings abate, his situation becomes more perilous.
This is a shocking read, but also an essential read. Terms like 'gas chamber' and 'crematoria' trip off the tongue of every teenage history student too easily, with little appreciation of their ghastly reality.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 July 2005
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An amazing story of survival, I couldn't put it down! The tale is so horrowing I sat with tears down my face. We all know the history of Auschwitz but until you read the details and figures involved it will never sink in. This is the best history lesson you can get. I'm hooked on learning more about these events that ruined so many lives...The reviews speak for themselves!
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By "shell-jane" on 30 Mar. 2006
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There are many books written on the holocaust, both by historians and survivors, but few give an in depth insight into the lives of those forced to work inside the gas chambers (mainly because only a handful of such prisoners actually survived). This book is an intense and informative read. I have hundreds of holocaust books on my book shelves, however, the detail in this book of what actually went on inside the gas chambers themsleves, was a most painful yet compelling read. It is difficult for anyone who did not live during those times to understand the full horror of the holocaust, but the detail and account of the author's time during Auschwitz really do contribute to a wider comprehension of how human beings can be reduced to the lowest levels of degredation and horror and yet somehow find the will to survive.
This eyewitness account of the calculated and organised murder of thousands and thousands of human beings is almost unique and should be read by everyone.
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