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THE ANGEL OF ZIN -- A Holocaust Mystery by [Irving, Clifford]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J273UY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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I have read accounts of life in the Nazi Concentration camps and shuddered at the horrors there. This brilliant book provides a detailed factual context but it also adds another aspect. This aspect is the humanising of some of the perpetrators as it probes their weaknesses as they succumb to being part of the policy. The hero struggles to absorb what he is discovering while continuing with his work in the heart of the camp. Others prefer to try not to know so that they may enjoy the benefits they accept of a hellish system. And still others are pitiless sadists for whom the most vile cruelty has become a perverted entertainment.

The Jews also have their strong and their week. The clinging to religious practices in the context of the most extreme deprivation seems irrelevant. And yet, amazingly, convinces them of the need to fill a need even when its pursuit adds to their suffering. The characters are well drawn. We can get a grasp of their emotions and their rationalisations. The intellectual jousting is gripping.

The context is horrific and the reader will at times surely pause to recover from what is being read. Yet it is a thriller, a love story and a detective story. A book that deserves the widest audience. It entertains while it educates and informs. And the facts feelings that it presents we should still ponder. We may wonder just how well we know ourselves when confronted with circumstances so extreme we never thought to experience them.
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When I started reading this book, I thought the author had just collected storylines from various films and books about death camps. It appeared to be a mixture of the film *Escape From Sobibor*, and Vasily Grossman's *Hell of Treblinka*. I wondered if **Angel of Zin** was a collage of other works. I soon realised how wrong I was.

This book is two-fold, a murder mystery and a study of how ordinary, decent people can be turned into mass murderers.

The murder is so subtle that I thought I knew who had done it, but was totally wrong. As a setting for a detective story, a Nazi death camp is extremely unusual. I loved the irony of the outrage and fear generated amongst the officers by the knowledge that there is a murderer in their midst, while they themselves are murderers. It is of course an irony of which, they are oblivious.

The camp guards vary in temperament from nervous and unsure to totally sadistic. There are some moving and harrowing scenes, but these are very separate from the systematic murders continually taking place. The novel subtly stresses their routine nature, by emphasising the events around the camp, while the "everyday business" is conducted.

The main character is a policeman and a father who by the whim of the Nazi Party finds himself incorporated into the SS, while his children are proud members of Hitler Youth and BDM and therefore growing up with contrary views to their father. The Einsatzgruppen (extermination squads) were often drawn from serving police officers, so it is likely that he would have seen if not experienced this. However the fact that being a member of Kripo (criminal police) gives an officer an SS rank, neither makes them a Nazi, nor gives them exemption from the horror of what they are witnessing.
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I am a fan of the work of this author but I could find no positive direction to this story. A juddering plot, no characters of interest and the most arrogantly appalling editing. This is so bad, I cannot believe someone agreed to publish it. It is time Amazon put a zero stars choice in place. I got to 69% and I thought, Who gives a toss
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This is a very good story which looks at the dilemma faced by ordinary people in a totalitarian regime: do I oppose it or do I go along with it, and if so, to what extent?

It is well written and the characters, German, Nazi and Jewish, are well-rounded and convincing, not devils nor angels. I would certainly recommend it as a compelling and thought-provoking read.

My only carp is that I do not really believe that the main character - a senior German police officer, after all - would have acted in the way he did at the end. But who knows?
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Another great read which hits the reader with the emotion numbing realities of the Holocaust.
Based on the story of the horrors of Treblinka which, to my knowledge, was the only extermination camp from which a successful escape was made.
Recommended reading from a veteran author.
Lest we forget.
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An excellent story giving an excellent portrayal of survival in the most unimaginable situation. There were however a large number of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors which did distract at times. Nevertheless, recommended.
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Slow to start off, did not grip me to carry on reading as some other books have, but once into it found that I wanted to carry on reading as you got a sense of horror and disbelief as to what these poor people went through .
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