I bought this book as a memorial of my own personal visit to the Nazi Concentration Camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This book provides as opportunity, perhaps as near to being there, to actually see the places where innocent Jews & others were executed and where countless thousands of children were gassed and their remains cremated as part of the Nazi industrial death machine. This book is indeed a fitting memorial and if you are unable to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum personally, then this book has to be the next best thing. The photographs show that little has changed there from those evil years under the Nazi regime of Hitler, Himmler and co. The buildings full of human hair, much from children still bearing their innocent plaits and curls are still there and the photographs bear witness to the fact. As are the buildings full of spectacles and suitcases still bearing the names of those murdered, along with so many other personal possessions. The buildings where they existed before the ultimate short trip to the gas chambers. The firing squads and the 'wall of death' between blocks 10 and 11. These are all documented so well in this book. How does one write a review on a book such as this! Please read it. It is a pictorial cry that history must not repeat itself. This book is highly, highly recommended.
This book is a pictorial monument to the people who perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The book builds a striking series of images from layout plans of the original camp to the furnaces and deceased victims of the holocaust. A friend of mine who has visited the present day camp museum described the book as something that brought the memories of his visit alive. The book tells the story of Auschwitz with real photograps, and art drawn by camp inmates. Many photograps are truly shocking, and everyone who has read my copy of the book swears never to forget these sights. As no-one should.
The cover is an appropriate introduction to what is a haunting collection of photographs and paintings of the Auschwitz Concentration camp complex. It covers elements of Auschwitz and Birkenau in many ways--the construction of Kitchens, sewage farms, Barracks and of course the Crematoria, even detailing in Crematoria IV the name of the oven manufacturers cast in iron. The Monowitz camp is covered as well, showing the visit of Himmler with Hoess at hand showing the Reichsleader the BUNA complex. The most compelling are the grotesque paintings showing what the Nazis certainly didn't want people to witness, the hideous roll calls, the work squads, with grotesque leering guards in bullying mode--showing the chaotic randomness of forced labor and murder. The photographs showing the half-cremated skulls and bones are a silent morose ending to this powerful book. Its a good sized book with glossy paper, the photos are mounted in a black surround, some are sepia, some are colored, but the quality is excellent. well presented and recommended.