Inside the Concentration Camps: Eyewitness Accounts of Life in Hitler's Death Camps

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - History - 174 pages
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This book is a translation of an oral history of the concentration camp experience recorded immediately after World War II as told by men and women who endured it and lived to tell about it. Their vivid, firsthand accounts heighten the reality of this experience in ways no third-person narrative can capture. Even when they are at a loss for words, their struggle to find language to express the unspeakable is, in itself, mute testimony to the ordeal etched forever on their memories. The testimonies are arranged to reflect the chronology of camp experience (from deportation to liberation), the living conditions of camp life (from malnutrition to forced labor), and the various methods of abuse and extermination (from castration to gassing and cremation). The chronology gives the accounts a narrative flow and even creates a certain suspense, especially as liberation nears and hopes rise.


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I have read multiple books on the Holocaust. This one was by far my favorite. It was my favorite because I felt it provided the most accurate description of this time period and offered a different ... Read full review


The Nazis Four Main Reasons for Internment
Administration and Camp Regulations
Life in the Camps
Sanitary Conditions
Medical Experiments and Vivisection
Various Methods of Execution
Impact on the Prisoners

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Page vi - The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Page xii - What troubles the Nazis the most is not the monstrous crimes they committed but the fact that eyewitnesses lived to tell about them.
Page xiii - Nazi state itself in its moral, judicial, spiritual, and material embodiment of all those who contributed in one way or another to the formation of this state and carried out its orders.

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EUGÉNE ARONEANU, compiler of the accounts, was a Romanian who was given the task of drawing up the tables of atrocities for the Nuremberg trials. He died prematurely in 1960.

THOMAS WHISSEN, translator of the accounts, is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Wright State University. He is the author of Isak Dinesen's Aesthetics, A Way with Words, The Devil's Advocates: Decadence in Modern Literature, and Classic Cult Fiction: A Guide to Popular Cult Literature (Greenwood, 1992).

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