Book Review: The Angles of Zin by Clifford Irving

December 9, 2015

The Angles of Zin by Clifford Irving is a novel taking place mostly in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

  • 306 pages
  • Publisher: Stein & Day Pub
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812829867

Book Review: The Angles of Zin by Clifford Irving

My rat­ing for The Angel of Zin 5
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The Angles of Zin by Clifford Irving was a nice surprise when I read it. The book is well done and well written. The author doesn’t try to tackle on too much, but shows a slice of life and characters who tackle incredibly difficult moral dilemmas.

This book is not just another Holocaust story, or another murder mystery, the novel combines the two and becomes something more than the sum of its parts. The story is drawn in wonderful detail and the interactions between the Nazis and their Jewish prisoners are fascinating.

Several Nazis are murdered in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland, and the Gestapo ordered the Berlin Criminal Police to investigate. The assignment falls to Paul Bach, Chief Homicide Inspector and a veteran from the Russian front.

Bach is at odds with what the government he represents is doing. As he hunts “The Angel”, who taunts him with notes and clues.

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  • Wojciech PisarskiDecember 12, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Hmm Nazis murdered in a “Polish” concentration camp?

    What travesty of history is this? For your information there were no “Polish concentration camps” only German campa in occupied Poland where Poles were imprisoned, tormented and murdered by Germans. To suggest the reverse is simply perverse and a distortion of history. Please correct this.

  • Dan ZamoyskiDecember 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    The following sentence is factually and historically incorrect:
    “Sev­eral Nazis are mur­dered in a Pol­ish con­cen­tra­tion camp and the Gestapo ordered the Berlin Crim­i­nal Police to inves­ti­gate.”

    There were no “Polish” concentration camps, but there were quite a few German concentration camps in occupied Poland. THAT is the way that these horrific camps need must be described. Please change your review, to reflect the truth, and give credit where it is due – to the Germans. Even though this novel is a work of fiction, as it refers to a specific period, it must describe these camps accurately.

    And in case anyone was wondering, the Nazis were a quite nasty political party elected to power in a democratic Germany. So, that political party did not invade Poland, or build Auschwitz – it was the Germans of Germany.

    Using “Nazis” in place of Germans/Germany would be like saying that the Labour Party invaded Iraq. And that sounds rather silly doesn’t it?! And we wouldn’t want people wondering where those “stateless” Nazis were from, would we?!

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