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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account (1960)

by Miklós Nyiszli

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I bought this book while visiting Auschwitz, and this book was recommended by the on-site bookshop salesgirl. This is quite a harrowing book to read, and I found it hard to read it for a prolonged period, especially the parts about the atrocities the doctor was forced to commit. ( )
  siok | Aug 5, 2018 |
Horrifying reading. The chapter about the girl buried beneath a stack of bodies who survives is most disturbing. ( )
  DanDiercks | Jun 18, 2018 |
Dr. Myklos Nyiszli is chosen by Dr. Mengele for a much more horrific fate. He is to help with "scientific research" on his fellow inmates. Nyiszli is named Mengele's personal research pathologist. He also was the doctor for the Sonderkommando, those Jewish prisoners who were working in the crematoriums. The Sonderkommando were executed every four months so they could not tell what was going on in the camp. This eye witness account is another horrifying story of what the Jewish people went through during this dark time in history. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Mar 24, 2018 |
Interesting to read the same incident from different angles! Krystyna Zywulska mentioned in her book about the Sonderkommando rebellion and Miklos Nyiszli also documented the event albeit from a different angle. Both survivors belong to the exceptions rather than the norm. The fact that they lived to tell their stories means that they had some way of gaining favor from the SS men, however, they did provide a very harrowing depiction of the fates of other concentration camp prisoners.

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  yamiyoghurt | Jan 29, 2018 |
Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was sent to Auschwitz when the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944. As a Jew he was a condemned man. As a medical doctor he was useful so was spared from death and assigned a worse fate: to assist in performing "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the direct supervision of Dr. Mengele himself. Somehow Dr. Miklos survived Auschwitz and wrote this short memoir of his time there.

This was an interesting read about a difficult subject. The writing is surprisingly accessible and Dr. Nyiszli's story engaging, though I found I had to read it in small chunks due to the subject matter. Dr. Nyiszli explains at the beginning of the book that he writes this as a doctor from a doctor's perspective so there is a bit of a clinical feel to it which lessens the emotional impact to a degree. I wonder if this is how the doctor protected himself to keep his own sanity while relating his story of the horrors he lived through. Dr. Nyiszli was a pathologist and performed many autopsies after the prisoners were killed. While he does describe some of the methods of death at the Nazi's the bulk of the atrocities committed are absent from this text. Still it's an important book and worth reading for a different perspective of someone's time at Auschwitz. ( )
  Narilka | Sep 19, 2017 |
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Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Jew and medical doctor, tells of his experiences at Auschwitz during World War II.

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