Number of page: 232
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization. It was a shocking experience. It is a shocking book.
- Candice Ouderkirk
Very sad but inspiring.
- Roy Templeton
A very moving true account of the atrocities carried out at the death camp birkenau auschwitz. May it never happen again.
- Brad W
5 chimneys This is an excellent book which outlines the horror of the nazi concentration camps in stark detail.
- Ruciana Pollard
Horrifying but well written.
- Sarah Taylor
LibraryThing Review This is one woman’s first-hand account of life at Birkenau and Auschwitz. While imprisoned there, she made it her goal to survive, explicitly to tell the world about the atrocities perpetuated by the Nazis. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in true accounts of the Holocaust.
Review: Five Chimneys: A Woman’s True Story of Auschwitz This woman tells an amazing story of her time in Auschwitz. Her entire life crumbled before her and yet she still found the strength and motivation to keep living. A truly great book for anyone who believes this should never happen again.
LibraryThing Review What makes this book so interesting for the modern reader is that it was written in 1959. The events were still so fresh and raw in the author’s mind that it is a still current event which places the
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