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A Murder in Auschwitz by [Stephenson, J.C.]
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J.C. Stephenson was born in Scotland and grew up in the town of Livingston in West Lothian. He has worked in the newspaper industry for most of his working life in various roles; as a compositor, a graphic designer and in IT but never as a journalist. Although 'A Murder in Auschwitz' is J.C. Stephenson's first novel, he has been writing on and off his entire life. J.C. Stephenson currently lives in Fife with his wife and two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: J.C. Stephenson; 4 edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D94X8CG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This story captivated me from the first page, beautifully written prose and a sad and moving account of life in Auschwitz - it beggars belief just quite what the Nazis were capable of. This book is, in many parts, heart-wrenching and traumatic, but the author manages to keep an optimistic air surrounding the characters as they hope for a better day. Each chapter moves back and forth between 1943 and 1929 but the times come together towards the end, as years pass by to catch up with the there and now (1943-44) - very celverly done. I also noticed some links between the end of one chapter (and era) and the start of another, for example the family may be brushing their teeth before bed in 1929 and then protagonist Meyer's start aching and falling out in 1943 - you could almost imagine as a scene in a film where the shots blend into one another, and into the next section of time. Didn't know how the story was going to end and I won't spoil it by saying but thought it was so sad and yet apt for the story. I can't recommend this book enough, it really is a superb piece of literature that I think fully deserves as many awards as possible!!!
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Auschwitz 1944, an SS officer is found standing over the body of a comrade, the smoking pistol still in his hand, a murder in a place full of murders. The officer is adamant of his innocence. With no confession, a court martial is forced, asked to pick a fellow officer to defend him, he picks the only man he can feel he can trust. But, he makes one other request, to have a prisoner, a Jew, also a lawyer to help his defending officer build his defence case. In exchange for the chance to see the family he was seperated from, former criminal defence lawyer Manfred Meyer is forced to build a defence for him. Meyer must unravel the deceit, the lies and the secrets surrounding the SS officer murdered, and the defendant.

Berlin 1929, we start to follow Manfred Meyer and his family through their lives in Berlin. We follow Meyer as he rises from intern, to assistant to a leading Criminal Defence lawyer at a highly respected law firm, following along his cases get more complex. We follow the lives of Meyer and his family as the Nazi party eventually comes to power, things slowly start to change, life becomes more and more difficult for Meyer as a Jew in Berlin. Then when the knock comes at the door, we follow Meyer on a terrifying train journey to the place where so many lost their lives. Where so many innocents where murdered.

I was sent a copy of this book that I had one from Goodreads in exchange for a review, and it's one of the best I have received. This book for me, brought so many memories flooding back. When studying History at school, we went to visit a concentration camp in Berlin, and while not exactly the same as Auschwitz, it bared many of the same hallmarks, the shooting wall, the chambers where experiments where carried out, crematoriums, and similar bunks.
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This book had me from beginning to end. Although it is set during the one of the worst periods in our history there is love, companionship and even laughter throughout the story. I have already recommended this book to friends. Unfortunately the friends who do not have a kindle etc (there are still lots of them about) are unable to read this excellent book as it is not available in print. I hope a publishing company pick up this book and make it available to everyone .
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There have been many novels written about the atrocities in concentration camps during the war, all thought provoking, and most worth the read..this novel is one of those
A story of a Jewish lawyer sent to auswich with his family. The story is told in two sequences, one on his life before the war and leading up to his arrest, the other from his time of arrival.
He is eventually asked to help a ss officer who has been accused of murder.
The story is good, full of little twists which keep you intrigued, but it is the continual story of how mankind can sink to such depravities, and inflict such injustice on fellow human beings that keeps you reading!
It is easy to merely read what occurred at this time and have sympathy, but the author strives to allow you to imagine a normal man, and his love for his family to permeate throughout. How such innocent people were rounded up and massacred on an industrial scale, and you can't help wondering what if you had been born at the wrong place at the wrong time!
The author tells the story without deliberately trying to overdo the injustice of it all and the depravity of man, he merely tells how it was and the feelings of a normal man and let's your mind do the rest.
An excellent read, not quite on the level of schindlers list.....but not far off!!
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Interesting shifts from life pre-incarceration to life in Auschwitz. Historically interesting, showing the contrast between the normal life of one decent, honourable family and the descent into the hell that was the camp. Not sure that the story of Nazi complicity in the camp would have been possible, but a gripping tale, nevertheless.
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This was my first book to be put on my kindle and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. This book shows how even through suffering life still goes on and we should never forget the sacrifices made during the war. I will definitely buy another of this author's books. The way he manages to portray the events with thought and feeling makes it hard to read but also compels you to keep reading to see what happens to the characters in the book. Well worth the money.
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