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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 July 2008
This review is from: Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chamber (Paperback)
Truly the worst holocaust testimony ever written.So many mistakes throughout the whole text.Two examples of which were when Mr Muller mentions the camp orchestra in Birkenau,there was none, it was in Auschwitz 1.He also quotes that Kramer was in Birkenau and had came from Auschwitz 2.Both are one and the same place But important errors like these were repeated in every chapter and the worry for me is that Holocaust deniers may pick up on these simple blunders.Mr Mullers over use of adjectives and repetition of statements at times resulted in the book bordering on being boring.It read more like a students written essay who wasnt fully informed ,rather than an actual Holocaust survivors memoirs.Ive read many more imformative Holocaust testimonies and even Mr Muller must have been disappointed with the finished article.I tend to believe that the foreword said it all.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2008 22:44:58 BDT
No camp orchestra in Birkenau? I was always led to believe there were several including a women's orchestra.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2008 12:08:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2008 12:10:59 BDT
I've just returned from Auschwitz, last Tuesday - It was a devastating experience. The extremely intelligent and highly informative guide showed us the exact spot where the camp orchestra performed and the reasons for the performances, i.e. they were forced to perform marching songs, etc, the better for the guards to count the returning prisoners from work details. Therefore, you were correct.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2008 19:55:27 GMT
walter Scott says:
The only photograph that exists of any orchestra at the Auschwitz/Birkenau complex was taken in Auschwitz 1 not Birkenau.I believe there were musicians who played at Birkenau but not as the camp orchestra as such.anyway this was a minor detail in my criticism of the book,there were so many mistakes i could write here.P.S please read Martin Gilberts "Holocaust Journey" its so informative.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2008 19:57:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2008 20:02:30 GMT
walter Scott says:
Yes at Auschwitz 1 not Birkenau, thank you.i visited both camps in 2005 and Bergen/Belsen in 2003,such a humbling experience.

Posted on 3 Feb 2009 18:18:29 GMT
would i not be right in believing that Auchwitz was considered one fo teh three camps in that region along with Birkenau and Monowice. All of these three camps had a seperate command and logistics structure so could quite easily been seen as a a possible way for someone to have come from Birkenau to Achwtich as they were, by german means considered seperate?

Posted on 6 Feb 2009 18:58:15 GMT
Foxglove says:
Reading the various reviews I was struck by the arrogance of "walter scott" comments. This book was not a novel or film script but an account of three years of a man's life were he witnessed and suffered unimaginable horrors. I would expect the narration to be stilted and repetitive. Anyone who has spoken with someone after they have witnessed / been involved in a traumatic incident will know they tend to repeat themselves, speak in mono block sentences, and later over dramatise. As far as the accuracy of the facts relating to the orchestra, perhaps we should be more concerned about the number of lives that were lost, and not allowing history to repeat itself.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2009 22:22:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2013 22:10:05 BDT
I have read this book twice now, and again just after reading the one by Dr Miklos Nyiszli. What I cannot understand is that it seems apparent that the Sonderkommando were IN BLOCK murdered every 4 months, hence 13 groups of them over the years. Muller seems to talk only of 'selection' rather than the whole group. He always managed to avoid selection. If it was en masse he would have been killed. Which was it - anyone know ? Also, I have just see The Grey Zone DVD which cettainly has a few differences with the Mklos book in that the girl found alive after a gassing was killed almost at once by Mushfelt, rather than whilst running away after the sonderkommandos who revolted had been shot. ???

Posted on 31 May 2009 21:07:35 BDT
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Posted on 26 Aug 2009 20:08:30 BDT
Dont mean to be funny....but what would you know? This guy actually lived it! Just because you have read differently, doesnt mean that he is wrong. Shame.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2009 01:43:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Oct 2009 15:14:05 BDT
walter Scott says:
If you had read what id written a bit more carefully ,you would have understood that i dont presume to know everything and of course i wasnt there.I have the utmost respect for the victims both the dead and the survivors.quite simply i hate the Holocaust denier campaign and although the book is very humbling i feel the mistakes will be jumped on with the greatest tenacity by these deniers so my advice is to get the historical facts perfectly correct,thank you !ps three years is a long time to be in the sonderkommando when the historical fact is that they were replaced every few months to stop any witness to the crimes,but maybe were not allowed to ask these questions.
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