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The Beasts of Buchenwald by Flint Whitlock,
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This review is from: The Beasts of Buchenwald: Karl & Ilse Koch, Human-Skin Lampshades, and the War-Crimes Trial of the Century (Buchenwald Trilogy) (Paperback)
Flint Whitlock tells the story of a "typical" (if that is an appropriate term) Nazi concentration camp - Buchenwald, its onetime commandant Karl Koch - barbaric even by SS standards - and Koch's depraved wife Ilse who assisted him in the running of the camp.
Eye-witness testimony, the wider events of the war and its aftermath woven into the narrative, transcripts of Ilse's war-crimes trial, and copious - and some very chilling - photographs, some reproduced from the Kochs' family album - make this an excellent and unforgettable book.
The author is a respected military historian but writes in everyman style. His book is therefore accessible to a universal readership - even entertaining in the most grotesque way. Whitlock also doesn't let us forget that Buchenwald's victims numbered many anti-Nazi German citizens as well as persecuted minorities. The Holocaust must never be allowed to be forgotten. Such widely accessible books as 'Beasts of Buchenwald' will, please God, see that it never is.