A New History

Book - 2005 | First U.S. edition
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Baker & Taylor
Insights gleaned from more than one hundred original interviews shed new light on history's most famous death camp, with the testimonies of survivors providing a detailed and chilling portrait of the camp's inner workings, in a companion volume to the PBS documentary. 60,000 first printing.

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Rees, who has spent 15 years writing books and working on BBC television programs about the Nazis, sees Auschwitz as the perfect microcosm to help readers understand one of the worst and least understandable crimes in history. The camp had a certain beginning (the first prisoners arrived in June 1940) and a definite end (it was liberated in January 1945); in between, Auschwitz had a complex and surprising history, made up of incremental, almost noiseless steps that mirrored changes in the intricacies of Nazi racial and ethnic policy. The study of Auschwitz, Rees notes, also affords the chance to understand how people behaved in some of the most extreme conditions ever recorded. The volume, based on hundreds of interviews with Nazi perpetrators and camp survivors, is a companion to the PBS documentary "Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Auschwitz is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz Laurence Rees provides a devastating and shocking portrait of the most infamous death camp the world has ever seen. He reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies expose the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail - from the techniques of mass murder, to the bizarre microcosms that emerged within the camp, such as the brothel and dining hall, where the lines between guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred.
Auschwitz is a history we cannot afford to ignore, first because history that is ignored is liable to be repeated, and second because we should never allow ourselves to be persuaded that mankind is somehow today incapable of such unspeakably cruel acts. Auschwitz is not only the story of one singular camp where more than one million people were murdered, but also a timely reminder about the indelible human potential for committing evil.

& Taylor

Insights gleaned from more than one hundred original interviews shed new light on history's most notorious death camp, with the testimonies of survivors providing a detailed portrait of the camp's inner workings.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, [2005]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781586483036
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 Rees 2005
Characteristics: xxii, 327 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 19, 2013

History of Auschwitz and the "Final Solution" of the Nazis. Incorporates viewpoints of both survivors as well as those who worked for the SS. The author provides eye witness accounts of the degradation that was endemic in this and the other camps for those who were killed as well as those co-opted to assist in the killings to save their own lives without it being prurient. Although heart wrenching this is a book that everyone should read. Hopefully no one who reads this will ever utter the words "those people", the first step of dehumanizing people.

Dec 30, 2010

An overriding theme is that you don't know how you would behave unless you were in these situations yourself. That goes both for the perpetrators as well as their victims.

Covers more than just Auschwitz, it covers the other camps too, as well as a lot of viewpoints from those who were the architects of the Nazi atrocities.

A very interesting read.


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