- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers; 2nd Revised edition (30 Aug. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897333764
- ISBN-13: 978-0897333764
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz Paperback – 30 Aug 1995
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This book is brilliant but horrifying to know that it is true, and the end chapter, when you think the worst has happened, knocks you back. How did it happen and why?????
Olga Lengyel lived an upper-middle class existence in Transylvania, in the capital city of Cluj. Her husband, Dr. Miklos Lengyel, was a Berlin trained medical doctor and the director of a private hospital that he had built shortly before the onset of World War II. Olga had also studied medicine and was qualified to be a surgical assistant. She and her husband had two young sons. They were all surviving the war as best they could, with Germans an occupying force. They even had a German soldier billeted with them for a time.
Olga had begun to hear disturbing things about what the Germans were doing in occupied territories, but had discounted it. She felt that Germany, a country that had contributed so much culturally to the world, could not be culpable of some of the atrocities of which she was hearing. She felt the stories that she was hearing were too fantastical to be believable. Then her husband came under the cross-hairs of the Nazis, accused of having his hospital boycott pharmaceuticals made by the German Bayer Company. This was the beginning of the end for the Lengyel family. Shortly thereafter in May of 1944, he was ordered to be deported to Germany.
When Olga heard this, she insisted on accompanying her husband, as she thought that he would be put to work in a German hospital. She naively asked the Nazis if she could accompany her husband, and they had no objection.Read more ›
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A VERY illuminating read and one cannot quite comprehend the inhumanity of mankind. The writer was a very clever and courageous women and one hopes the rest of her life was free... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Unknown
Amazing read. So detailed that you can really imagine what was happening. couldnt put it down.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Extremely difficult to read,not because of the author's inability to tell the story. Rather more her ability to put such horror into words which to most human beings could never... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda C.
An excellent book about a terrible part of history. I have watched a lot of films and read a lot of books on the WW2 and I found out new information that showed how absolutely evil... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caroline
Having recently visited Birkenau I wanted to know what the prisoners experienced. This book explains the living Hell endured by the victims of the final solution. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Spence
Well, I have read only the first couple of chapters and have cried and cried! I have read many books about the holocaust - all of them upsetting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. E. Cooper
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