Sunday, October 23, 2011

2. AUSCHWITZ - Miklos Nyiszli

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
This was one of the most horrible, gritty books that I have read in a long time, not due to the writing style or the subject matter. The title lets anyone over the age of ten know it is not a sunshine and june bug book. AUSCHWITZ. *Shudder.*

But when I read this in the sun with beautiful golden leaves falling from the oak tree above me, the woods around me a cacophony of autumn music, I shivered at the descriptions of men - Jewish men - jumping ahead of others to volunteer to work the ovens. To ignore the faces of their peers, their friends, their family as they took bodies out of the showers then pulled out gold and silver teeth.

Nyiszli, the doctor/author, never explains his purpose in sharing this information. To show the horrible aspects of humanity? To ease some of his own guilt? I call bullshit. So, he drank and smoked a lot to shut out what was going on around him. He did not do enough. Period. He said, "No," instead of trying to help others. Yes, he saved his wife and daughter. Yes, I was not there. Then, enlighten me, tell me of the guilt you feel - or should feel, you snobby prig - every damned day.

2.5 out of 5.0 Smirnoff Lemonade Marmalade Mule.


Kristin Dodge said...

I feel awful... I accidentally deleted two posts. Let's try taking this off moderation to see if we get, "Great book, now try my kinky love toy" comments again.

Sorry to those who posted. Please repost!

Brasil said...

This is by far the most interesting, informative, and intense novel to depict the lives of Holocaust victims. Dr. Nyszli, whose name I constantly mispell if you've seen any of my reccomendations, has been blessed with a chance to survive in relative comfort in the most notorious concentration camp of WWII, in this capacity he has also been cursed by the knowledge not only of what he has seen, but the asserting knowledge that he knows too much and will perhaps not live long. His tragic and dramatic story is not a mere telling of facts by a medical speacialists, but a deeply connected and horrified man's account of what he has seen. He has a unique vantage that shed's new light on the workings of the death camps and an added look into the Sonderkommando, a group of unfortunates whose camp life will astonish you. I would only like to say once more that this is the best book about the Holocaust and that I strongly reccommend it to any that feel compassion for the six million Jews killed in these camps.