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Fantastic compelling read,
This review is from: Auschwitz: The Nazis & The 'Final Solution' (Hardcover)
"Auschwitz, The Nazi's and the Final Solution" is the most informative and reliable book I have read on Auschwitz, giving detailed accounts of what "life" was like in the camp, how they were transported there and interviews with both SS guards and surviving victims. It's ironic how the majority of the SS guards still feel that it was right what they did because they were totally behind it yet they claim to only be involved because they were made to follow orders.
This book excels when reading interviews from the survivors because it is there that we are able to discover the real horrors and read about some of the atrocities that went on inside which leave a profound sadnes of the reader. What's so bad is that this was able to happen and the fact that it is not that long ago, many people have had this happen in their lifetime. Luckily there are not just horror stories in the book and there is a lot of detail on transportation and relations between countries. There are many figures available although they may not be totally accurate because of the nature of the event.
Buy this book if you are wanting to find out about the camp, the Holocaust, the human mind and what drives us to evil and some opinions from people who were actually there. Well done to Laurence Rees on this spectacular, obsessive read!