Thoughts on: Auschwitz by Dr. Miklós Nyiszli

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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eye­wit­ness Account by Dr. Mik­lós Nyis­zli is a non-fiction mem­oir of a Jew­ish Hun­gar­ian med­ical doc­tor who per­formed “research” on other Jews with the evil Dr. Josef Men­gele aka "Angel of Death". This is not an easy book to read, but an impor­tant one.

  • 240 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Arcade Publishing
  • ISBN: 161145011X

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Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eye­wit­ness Account by Dr. Mik­lós Nyis­zli tells the sober first hand account of a doc­tor who was selected by Dr. Men­gele, evil incar­nate, to help him per­form med­ical exper­i­ments in Auschwitz. Whether it was a bless­ing to sur­vive the war or the live with the knowl­edge that you unwit­tingly helped the biggest crim­i­nals the world has ever seen com­mit geno­cide is some­thing Dr. Nyis­zli strug­gles with.

My great-aunt, Sarah, was one of the chil­dren exper­i­mented on by the malev­o­lent Dr. Men­gele. She died young, in the mid 70s, when I was a child but I will always remem­ber how beau­ti­ful she was. Later I found out that she asked my par­ents that I’d stop vis­it­ing her because she didn’t want me to see her dying.

I have read a lot of World War II books and it still amazes me of the hor­rors which occur, and even more amaz­ing is the way peo­ple reacted. Jews walk­ing to the slaugh­ter and Ger­mans, Aus­tri­ans, Poles, and more who sim­ply stood by and watched. One of the most inter­est­ing parts of the book was the excel­lent intro­duc­tion by Bruno Bet­tel­heim and the one by Richard Seaver who attempts to explain this phe­nom­e­non which, unfor­tu­nately, we see to this day.

Dr. Nyis­zli describes the hor­ri­fy­ing things he has done and seen. Early in the book he turns a bit to a fan­tasy claim­ing that his research was used by the “most qual­i­fied med­ical cen­ters of the Third Reich” in the world. That insti­tu­tion, the Insti­tute for Race, Bio­log­i­cal, and Anthro­po­log­i­cal Inves­ti­ga­tion was focused on prov­ing racial supe­ri­or­ity, some­thing which can­not be proven.
It’s BS now as it was BS then and I’m sure the Doc­tor knew it was BS when he wrote the book.
Yet, who am I to judge?

Dr. Mik­lós Nyiszli

As in any mem­oir of sig­nif­i­cance and impor­tance, this one also is rid­dled with per­sonal sto­ries which really drive the tragedy of the Holo­caust into the heart. After all, such huge num­bers whether they be six mil­lion (Jews that were mur­dered), 12 mil­lion (total peo­ple which were mur­dered in the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps), 22–25 mil­lion (deaths of sol­diers in World war II) or 55–75 mil­lion (deaths of civil­ians in World War II) are so enor­mous that they defy logic and are one of the rea­sons peo­ple deny these events ever hap­pened despite the over­whelm­ing num­ber of evidence.

Dr. Nyis­zli tells us sto­ries he wit­nessed. A teenager who sur­vived the hor­rors of the gas cham­bers (there is a chill­ing account of what hap­pened inside), which he brought back from the dead only so she can be marched out and shot half an hour later. The amaz­ing story of the twelfth Son­derkom­mando, the Jews who worked the cre­ma­to­ria and revolted before they were bru­tally mur­dered. The Nazis replen­ished the Son­derkom­mando every four months, the first assign­ment of the new Son­derkom­mando was to get rid of the bod­ies of the old ones and await their fate.

The book is a cau­tion­ary tale on many lev­els, it is also an impor­tant his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ment and an excel­lent read. It was not easy to get through this book and I had trep­i­da­tion about read­ing it at all, but I’m glad I did and so will you.

So tell me, what is the most sober­ing book you’ve read?

Syn­op­sis:
Dr. Mik­lós Nyis­zli, a Jew as well as a med­ical doc­tor, was sent to Auschwitz when the Nazis invaded Hun­gary in 1944. Dr. Nyis­zli — No. A8450was picked by the mon­ster him­self, Dr. Josef Men­gele, to per­form “sci­en­tific research” on the inmates and even­tu­ally became Mengele’s per­sonal research pathologist.

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