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very good & moving book
on 13 August 2014
very good & moving book, but for me spoiled by absolutely useless afterword by JR White, apparently a lecturer of Maryland University. Straight from the start he states that any reliable accounts on Auschwitz - Monowitz are rare, as 'most were contributed by Poles, in a few instances by prisoners allegedly complicit in the elimination of Jews". Auschwitz is no doubt a huge Jewish necropolis, but non-Jewish Poles were the second most numerous group of inmates killed there. Even, if there were individuals that behaved contrary to our current norms, whom we are to judge them in these circumstances and discredit thousands (70 000-100 000) other Poles killed there. Given the scale there were certainly many more Jews to mistreated their compatriots - Pierre Berg tells us about a Jewish policeman hacked to death by other Jewish inmates
I have seen other JR White statements that fully explain his scapegoating attitude and generalizations - explaining how 'unfeasible' was bombing the Auschwitz gas chamber or railway tracks transporting every day thousands of Hungarian Jews to their death in the last months of WWII. Any delay in death transports would have saved at that moment not less than 20 thousands of them a day from death - the chambers were operating at full capacity and Germans were not keen on leaving the tracks after themselves - would divert trains to other concentration camps instead of extermination camp Auschwitz II Birkenau.
I could match this alleged professor's audacity of discarding evidence of Polish inmates on the basis that "few" "allegedly" "were complicit" with an equally absurd thesis that Americans were guilty of many more human beings being mass murdered in Auschwitz by refusing to bomb tracks and facilities while it was perfectly in their range (several successful attacks in the vicinity) and after being alerted by the Polish underground representatives since 1941. Thanks to ignorant people like JR White in American press the German concentration camps are so often named "Polish" camps only because they were built in occupied Poland and they are being described as being run by "nazis" with no national connotations. At the end an average reader is left under impression that Poles must have been nazis, as there is not any naziland, while the camps were Polish. So much for a country that lost 1 out of every 5 their citizens in 6 years of WWII - for your information it is like losing 60 million people out of current USA population.
I am sorry for the digression - apart from the afterword the book was truly impressive