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I could not give a star to say I liked this book -I did not but felt I had ...
on 24 July 2016
This is a very hard book to review. It is a no holds barred description of the many ways Jews were murdered and then burned or buried in the Auschwitz concentration camp -referred to as KZ in thebook. The doctor made a deal with the devil in order to keep himself alive The devil being the infamous Dr Mengele who was obsessed with twins and how to help Arian women produce more ito increase the Master race faster. He compelled Dr N to do autopsies on countless newly-murdered sets of twins of all ages, from newborns on -mostly children. This work was done in a laboratory with the constant background of the screams of those being taken to the 4 crematoria where they were gassed, their clothes and any valuables taken, teeth and hair removed after death and then they were placed into the flames in large numbers. There were also a regular number shot outside his door each evening. The twins were killed in another manner , by injection. The book recounts all of these and more. The doctor, in his privilged position survived the 4 monthly murder of the Jews used to do the work in the crematoria, and indeed was able to get his wife and daughter away to a safer place. He survived his 8 months in the camp and was finally liberated after walking 900 km across Germany to another camp, at the end of the war. He dealt with the devil and I'm sure paid the price, living with his indescribable memories for the rest of his life. He wanted to make sure the horrors were made public after the war and his book succeeds in doing this so very graphically.
I took off stars because 12% of the book consisted of a Preface and an Introduction by other authors (which I speed-read) and then there were a bibliography and notes at the end. I could not give a star to say I liked this book -I did not but felt I had to read it to honor those who died in a very , very small way. They must never be forgotten.