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This review is from: Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder (Paperback)
Gitta Sereny does a fantastic job here of transcribing her interviews with one of the key Nazi figures of Operation Reinhard. Franz Stangl held management positions in not one, but two of the three Nazi death camps, where all prisoners were killed within 24 hours of arrival, with the exception of a small number who were kept alive to maintain the camp (also destined for death when all the Jews had been killed, if they lasted that long!) Please remember here that thousands and thousands of men, women and children were murdered in these camps.
Franz Stangl was commended on his efficient work in the camps and that is what makes these interviews so compelling. Here is a unique opportunity to look into the mind of a true Nazi, initially a very ordinary, non-descript man, and his recollection and feelings on his 'work' during WWII.
The book is completely un-biased, leaving the reader to decide whether or not this man was evil, easily led or otherwise! The author does not shy away from difficult or painful questions, (such as how Stangl felt about the killing of children and babies). This book must be read. There are very interviews from the men in key positions in the death camps, and whether or not you believe all of Stangl's explanations, it does give you a compellable insight into the psyche of a Nazi.