F. M. Ryan

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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account (Penguin &hellip by Miklos Nyiszli
5.0 out of 5 stars History you don't like, 11 Feb 2014
Have you ever looked at incidents in other people's lives and said to yourself I would hate to have been confronted by that situation. Well Moklós Nyiszli was confronted by thousands, and it is a miracle he survived. We owe a great debt of gratitude for his professional and precise observation of what was happening in Auschwitz under the direction of Dr. Joseph Mengele. People were treated with less dignity than animals, more like objects of experiments. In all this Moklós did not lose his dignity and did not cross his professional boundary. This is a must read book for anyone wanting to understand what Nazism was about
Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain's Age of &hellip by Charles Upchurch
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore, 3 Dec 2013
If Charles Upchurch never puts a pen to paper again his whole life has been worth this book alone .... but I want to push him to write more and hope he is well paid for it. The last sentence "The self understandings forged by any group or individual are always unique to their time" is not just good literature, but also good sociology. His book is well written, and very well researched. His treatment of what we now refer to as the LBGT community of the nineteen century is astutely developed. This really is a handbook giving an over-view of the period, and at the same time giving important details to illustrate points made. It is essential reading for anyone interested in male sexual… Read more
Commandant Of Auschwitz (Age of Dictators 1920-194&hellip by Rudolf Hoess
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Obedience?, 6 Nov 2013
Rodolf Hoess was betrayed as a child by a priest. Something inside him made him want to be a priest, but that betrayal turned the teaching of the church into a kind of ideology. He did not like the betrayal and he dedicated himself to nazism instead. He wanted to dedicate his life to service and that came in the form of serving the party and Hitler in particular. That gave value to his life, and he cherished the affirmations he received. There is a lesson here for us all. We have to personally own and account for the decisions we make and the actions we take. Blaming other for whatever reason never excuses. This book is a horror story, a must read, if we want to prevent this kind of… Read more

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