Auschwitz, The Nazis and The 'Final Solution'

Auschwitz The Nazis and The Final Solution In this compelling new book published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz highly acclaimed author and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive history of t

  • Title: Auschwitz, The Nazis and The 'Final Solution'
  • Author: Laurence Rees
  • ISBN: 9780641928093
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Auschwitz, The Nazis and The 'Final Solution'

    In this compelling new book, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, highly acclaimed author and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive history of the most notorious Nazi institution of them all We discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass muIn this compelling new book, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, highly acclaimed author and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive history of the most notorious Nazi institution of them all We discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass murder in history part death camp, part concentration camp, where around a million Jews were killed Rees uses Auschwitz as a window through which to examine the Holocaust in its broader context He argues that, far from being an aberration, the camp was a uniquely important institution in the Nazi state, one that played a vital role in the Final Solution Auschwitz examines the mentality and motivations of the key Nazi decision makers, and perpetrators of appalling crimes speak here for the first time about their actions Fascinating and disturbing facts have been uncovered from the operation of a brothel to the corruption that was rife throughout the camp The book draws on intriguing new documentary material from recently opened Russian archives, which will challenge many previously accepted arguments Auschwitz lay at the hub of a complex system of extermination that spread throughout Nazi Europe Rees addresses uncomfortable questions, such as why so few countries under Nazi occupation protected their Jews and why the Allies did little directly to prevent the killing even after they knew about the existence of the camp.

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    1. Paul Bryant

      THE FLOWERS IN THE WINDOWBOXWhen you read about the Nazis there's always this strange contradiction - their famous obsession with order, with following orders, with classification, rules, hierarchy, and all of that, is superimposed upon a regime which was most of the time in chaos, ministries competing with other ministries, states (the SS) within states; for many really big projects there was a culture of no written orders, and in many cases major policies were made up on the spot.The answer to [...]

    2. Sonja

      My favorite quote I now live by came from this book.when a survivor was asked how he made it through Auschwitz, he replied "worse things have happened to better people". I think twice about my woes when I think of his response

    3. Ammara Abid

      "The real bloodbath was about to begin." One word for it,Excruciating. I don't know what else to say, I'm too dumbfounded to speak."Having suffered in the camp himself for nearly two years, Paczyńński felt no great emotion as he saw these people go to their deaths: “One becomes indifferent. Today you go, tomorrow I will go. You become indifferent. A human being can get used to anything.”

    4. Shaun

      When it comes to complex topics like the Holocaust, I think it's helpful to read from a number of sources. And often, the best books are those that offer us something new, either by presenting a piece of the puzzle that was missing or perhaps adding additional perspective that affords us a new way of looking at an old piece, allowing us to better place it.I'm not sure I can do a book like this justice in a review other than to say it was an excellent compliment to other readings I've done to thi [...]

    5. Wordsmith

      I've read countless books on the holocaust. I've taken classes on Genocide. The pages I've read and absorbed on hate, suffering and the amazing will to survive will never leave me. Books on Hitler. Nazis. Speer. Höss. Goebbels. Even Eva. Germany. France. Russia. Hungary. Poland. Ghettos. Stars. Treblinka. Sobibor. Ravensbruk. Dachau. And of course, Auschwitz. I've been there. I've made that climb to the Eagles Nest and viewed that panoramic sky. It's downright evil that such a place of beauty e [...]

    6. K.D. Absolutely

      This historical non-fiction is 300 pages but I spent only 3 working days (which means I read only at home - late evening and early morning) to finish it. I just could not put it down. It is well-reseached and contains interviews of the survivors not only the Jews from diffent countries (Poland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and Netherlands, etc) but also the other groups like gypsies, Jehova's Witness, etc. Previously, my only knowledge about Holocaust was those from watching Schindl [...]

    7. Jenn

      Auschwitz: A New History was filled with new facts and numerous interviews with survivors and former SS. I liked the detailed interviews which spanned from Jewish people from numerous countries that turned them over to the Reich, gypsies, POWs, Jehovah's Witness, and other groups of people that in most books might have been passed over. It obviously gives more facts about the atrocities that occurred at Auschwitz then the other camps, but all the camps are brought up throughout the book. The inf [...]

    8. Doug

      The 5 stars I gave are not oh my gosh this was amazing 5 stars. It was I am completely speechless and cannot believe what I did not know 5 stars. I only write these reviews to print them out in my journal so 30 years from now I can laugh at how dumb I was. Or to see what I thought when I re read something. There were times in this book I went and hid in my room to cry so my wife couldn't see me. I have had countless sleepless nights. My kids have yelled out in their sleep and I have dashed into [...]

    9. Steven Williams

      The premise of the book is that Nazis at all levels, from the soldier to the leaders, years later that they saw nothing wrong with the way they acted at the time and for many even many years later. The book is more than just a history of Auschwitz, arguably the most infamous of all Nazi concentration camps. It sets Auschwitz in the mist of the Nazis attempt to exterminate the Jews. According to the book Auschwitz was not just an extermination camp. Matter of fact this was not its main purpose fr [...]

    10. Hannah

      Others have complained about some aspects of this book - specifically, that much of it focuses on details which are not at first glance, directly related to Aushwitz, such as what happened to the Jewish people in Denmark, and details and accounts of the three death camps built in Poland, the names of which I, and I'm sure many others, had never heard before.I wanted to say that all of these details and stories, from the revolt at Sobibor (one of the three death camps) led by Slovakian POWs, to t [...]

    11. Lee

      I would like to preface this review by stating that I have read a great deal of Holocaust literature and each evokes in me a different emotional response, but never before has a text exposed me to both an analytical and equally sorrowful account of this dark period in history. Much like the point in time this work is based on, the subject matter is not for the faint of heart. The author does not skirt over any events that took place in Auschwitz including the part played by the Allies and the no [...]

    12. Steph (loves water)

      Oh, man. Everyone needs to read this book.I learned many things about Auschwitz I didn't know before. Well written, intensely researched, intricately detailed, I learned about concentration camps, work camps, and death camps. I saw how European countries were culpable in the detention and transport of Jews to Auschwitz, and how many (not all) looked on as their neighbors were taken away. I thought perhaps Germans, Poles, Slovaks, Czechs, French, etc really weren't aware of the mass extermination [...]

    13. Spencer

      In my personal opinion this is one of the best historical documentaries I have ever read. It honestly felt like I was reading a fictional thriller, keeping me gripped to each page wanting to know what will happen next. Although quite gruesome at times it does have moments of happiness like when the author explains many successful escape plans. This particular book was indeed quite slow at the beginning but really picked up pace shortly after.The book conducted interviews with many prisoners of t [...]

    14. Chris

      What makes this book so powerful is the use of personal interviews and personal stories. Because we are human, a personal storyhas far more resonance than a statstical number.Rees brings out several not widely kown facts, but he also realies on a variety of eye witness accounts that bring a depth to the history. One hears the story of an adopted child who is taken from her family because her biological grandmother was a gypsy. One learns about what happens in the Channel Islands, and how Jewish [...]

    15. Sarah

      Gruelling of course. A chronological account of the development of Auschwitz with substantial detours into the stories of the communities of Europe that were shipped (and in a few rare cases, not shipped) to the crematoria. This is an efficient and affecting telling though it is opinionated, and has rather too much of the 'imagine how traumatic that would have been' approach. Anyway after a difficult visit there a few weeks ago (and a poor guide) I found this sorted some residual issues in my mi [...]

    16. Ron

      Chilling. Even more so because it is meticulously documented and footnoted. That said, Rees spread his net so wide that it bogged down, if not distracted from his central story.Not a fun read, but a worthwhile read. We--none of us--should ever forget that "civilized", educated, proud people did this. Intentionally, with malaise and forethought.

    17. Kelly

      I've been interested in the history of the Holocaust ever since I first studied it in eighth grade. This book is a well-researched, extremely thorough account of what happened at Auschwitz, with many personal details from the people who were there.

    18. Matthew Barlow

      This is probably one of the best books concerning the Holocaust that that I have ever read. Not because it is abound with new information, just the opposite in fact, much of the facts discussed are ones that I have heard before. What truly makes this book remarkable is the overwhelming amount of research that went into it, specifically the gathering of first hand accounts from Nazis and survivors alike. These accounts lend an unmistakable realism to the discussion. The reader is not able to disa [...]

    19. Richard Burger

      I had purchased this book hoping to learn more about daily life in Auschwitz, only to find a far more general, entry-level book on the Holocaust in general that would have been more aptly titled Holocaust 101. I almost felt swindled when I found page after page about the irrelevant rescue of the Jews from Denmark, the role of the Waffen SS and police battalions on the Eastern Front, and a long, detailed description of how the Final Solution was finally brought to Hungary in 1944 - things that ar [...]

    20. Kelsey

      Haunting. Horrible. Terrifying. Fascinating. That's what this book delivers.This is one of my favorite accounts of the Holocaust, and what I especially liked from Rees' book was that he not only focused on the Jews, but Jews from Poland, from Hungary, Italy, Denmark, France, Belgium, etc, as well as on gays, POWS, gypsies, Jehova's Witnesses, etc. He also wrote of the Holocaust through previous Nazi's eyes.It's a personal account from all different types of people associated with the Holocaust, [...]

    21. Joanne

      Descriptive, informative and painful all at once. Having studied the Holocaust for the past 16 years, this book provides new and interesting information. The information is astounding. It was fascinating to read from many different perspectives of all those who were involved; victims, perpetrators, and outsiders.One of the survivors said that Nobody knows themselves. Upon meeting someone who is kind, he wonders how kind they would be in camp. Survival is one hell of a form of betrayal. Unfortuna [...]

    22. Lynette Twaddle

      Having read 'The Nazis a Warning from History' and 'The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler' I came to this book worrying how much material would have been recycled in those two later books, I was pleasantly surprised in that respect.This volume demonstrates Rees' fantastic ability as a historian, writer (and when he doesn't go mad with graphics, producer). He has an ability to show a human side as a historian whilst not pulling any punches, or withholding upsetting information. The information is sta [...]

    23. Jennifer

      This was a very moving and disturbing book. Rees interviewed dozens of Auschwitz survivors, as well as several former Nazi officials. What emerges is a shocking and sobering look at human nature in the midst of world war.I chose to only give this book three stars because I feel that the title was deceptive. While Auschwitz was certainly a primary focus of this book, I felt that a great deal of the book focused on what led to the creation of the death camps in general. While fascinating, this was [...]

    24. Mark

      Auschwitz was the first concentration camp and the biggest set up by the German Gestapo to kill all Jewish people by gassing them in showers during the second world war.If you believe any of that statement above - after all that is pretty much common knowledge - then you need to read this book. Notorious Auschwitz prison camp did align to some of these stories but in smaller ways. However there is no denying the brutality and degradation of the place, right down to when the war was over and pris [...]

    25. Dan Herak

      A fantastic and compelling account of the one of the worst places in history. Author Laurence Rees takes us not only to the camp but, more importantly, the context in which it was created. Auschwitz had the distinction of being the only camp within the Nazi system that was both a concentration camp (where prisoners labored for the Third Reich) and an extermination camp. How and why this came about makes for a fascinating read, as it was not created overnight or even created for the purposes for [...]

    26. Patrick Dinneen

      A long read but very detailed, contains many interviews with survivors and even some guards that worked there. Book gives the history of Auschwitz, why it was built, how it developed and ended. Also many accounts of life there from the prisoners. Highly recommended

    27. Lysergius

      A factual account of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question using Auschwitz as the pivotal point. When operating at full capacity the gas chambers and crematoria at Auschwitz "processed" i.e killed 1.1 million souls, and was matched only by Treblinka.This is a very objective account and one tends to glaze over as the astounding statistics are paraded in front of one's eyes, but the author has leavened this with personal accounts which do help to make it a little more immediate. For me the sto [...]

    28. Fiona

      Very harrowing book. Lots of peoples memories and stories of people who were there. The research is incredible but its quite hard to read.

    29. Monika

      So far it's the best book about concentration, death camps that I've read. The chronology is clear and understandable. Testimonies touching and a good break from just dry historical fact throughout a book. It mentioned Bełżec death camp on a few pages. I happened to live nearby it. When my parents came to visit me and saw me reading this book, we decided to go to see this place. Small area, incredible place. It's never easy to visit those places or read about them. But it's important to rememb [...]

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