on 8 May 2005
This relatively short book contains few of the harrowing personal accounts of survival in Auschwitz that many other books on the subject concentrate on. Instead the author focusses on the history of the town of Auschwitz, the reasons for its selection as a camp, and the construction, with the enthusiastic participation of German industy, of initially a forced labour camp and with the expansion of Birkenau of an industrialised extermination centre.
The writing style is factual and restrained and manages to be more powerful and condemning as a result.
This is a short, but excellent book that I would thoroughly recommend. For those seeking something with a more vivid personal account, then look no further than Primo Levi.
on 27 August 2010
This small yet fascinating book is a short account of the history of the town of Auschwitz or Oswiecim and its subsequent concentration/extermination camps.
The book begins by describing how various ethnic groups have emigrated to the town over centuries and how different countries/empires have governed Auschwitz at various key moments in its history. The book then moves on to describe how the concentration camp first came into being before being adapted into an extermination centre. The book concludes with a brief discussion on the punishments received by some of the infamous and lesser well known camp officials, before culminating with a brief look at some of those who seek to deny or play-down the horrific events which occurred at Auschwitz.
Whilst short, I recommend this book to those who study the Holocaust. It did contain a lot of information which I have previously read in other books concerning Auschwitz, but at the same time there were numerous facts which I wouldn't have discovered had I not read this book.
Highly recommended and informative reading.
on 4 March 2016
This is one of my favourites books about Auschwitz. I bought it firstly in the Jew Museum in Krakow after having visited Auschwitz and recently I ordered it online for a present. It's easy to read, very factual, with precise and accurate details, very informative, despite being quite short. I do recommend it if you want to know more facts about what happened there.