28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
An interesting and unusual record,
By A Customer
This review is from: Auschwitz: A History (Paperback)
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.