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.
- A Google User
Review: Five chimneys This is the grim story of Auschwitz, which with its companion camp, Birkenau, comprised slave camp-cum-extermination camp. To the one went the reasonably able bodied, to the other the old, the young, the sick, the useless, the “”dangerous””. A personal experience story which should be read- just as the horror pictures should be seen – by the very people who will studiously avoid them. Here- virtually blow by blow- is the picture of what it was like to be uprooted from professional life in a mid-European city and turned into little better than a beast, scrambling and fighting for scraps of food, beaten, tortured, starved, left in filth and degradation. The text has survived the ordeal of double translation (from French and Hungarian) by its essential vitality.
- lorechelle l
Well written Disturbing at its best because it is so very true. Left me with a sad,sick and empty feeling
- 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
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.
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Inside the Concentration Camps: Eyewitness Accounts of Life in Hitler’s Death Camps
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
And The World Closed Its Doors: The Story Of One Family Abandoned To The Holocaust
Much has been written about the West s unwillingness to attempt the rescue of tens of thousands of European Jews from the hands of the Nazis Now David Clay Large gives a specific human face to this tragedy of bureaucratic inertia and ill will In this masterpiece of Holocaust literature Large tells the wrenching story of Max Schohl a German Jew who in the years preceding World War II could not find a government that would allow his family to immigrate despite wealth education business and family connections a job offer from an American university and herculean efforts by himself and his American relatives After repeated but fruitless efforts to gain entry first to the United States and then to Britain Chile and Brazil Max died in Auschwitz and his wife and daughters were sent to hard labor in Wiesbaden Max left behind a unique collection of family letters and documents which Large has brought together into a gripping personal commentary on the evolution of the Holocaust in Europe and the hopelessly inadequate response from abroad
The Murderous Paradise: German Nationalism and the Holocaust
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Anti-genocide: Building an American Movement to Prevent Genocide
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