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A short and thoroughly accurate history of the Auschwitz concentration camp, this compelling book is authoritative in its factual details, devastating in its emotional impact....

Title : The Kingdom of Auschwitz
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ISBN : 9780060976408
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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The Kingdom of Auschwitz Reviews

  • Paige
    2019-04-01 17:34

    At barely 100 pages, this book--actually a chapter from a larger work so more accurately an essay--is a very easily accomplished read. As you may guess from the title, its focus is Auschwitz, and it goes over the orders to start building this death camp to the evacuation when the Red Army approached. It's very concise, and never lingers on one thing for too long--although having read it and learned more information about these goings on, I am interested in learning more. The book was so engrossing that I felt--I don't know, almost sadistic myself for wanting to read more and more about it. Nonetheless, I believe it's very important to look into these matters, if only to realize that these horrendous acts can be committed without compunction by normal people--if not a certain person in particular, then by many others in our species who are not so different from us.

  • Meaghan
    2019-04-16 16:54

    This is an excellent mini-history of Auschwitz, covering all the salient points in a mere 100-odd pages. I, who have read over 250 books on the Holocaust, learned something from this book in spite of its short length. I would especially recommend this to people who need to know about Auschwitz but aren't up for intensive study on the subject. I had to read this for a World War II history class.

  • Swati Mahapatra
    2019-04-07 22:03

    Short but effective. A really great glimpse into the authoritarian regime and its inner workings. Filled with subtle descriptions of the ironies and horrors during the camps.

  • Trinity
    2019-04-13 15:58

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The only thing I have to say is if you don't like reading strictly facts, I wouldn't recommend reading this book.

  • Alexa McTernan
    2019-04-25 15:35

    Definitely my favorite memoir I read this semester!

  • Christie
    2019-04-11 21:35

    Of all the literature I have read on Auschwitz, this may have been the shortest, but it was the broadest in terms of disclosing the roots, history and back story of how Auschwitz came into existence. Additionally, the author paints a painfully detailed recount of life and death for those who found themselves behind the barbed wire death camp. The images the author conjures are haunting and horribly vivid, but it's an important part of history that will soon have no living survivors to testify as to the horror they experienced. May such atrocities and evil deeds never again befall on mankind. Truly, this essay sticks with you and should be considered required reading, not only for those who are dedicated to learning about the Holocaust, but by all. Written testimonies are the one thing that lives on after the survivors are gone to ensure that future generations will never be swayed as to the legitimacy of these kind of infamous events in history.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-13 17:54

    I took a break from all the fiction I've been reading to read this book. I had some spare time at work and thought it could be useful the next time I teach about the holocaust. The book is not very long, I was able to read in a few hours. It is well written, informative, easy to follow and interesting, although obviously heartbreaking and depressing at the same time. It is very readable for a nonfiction account, I learned a lot, and I think I could actually use portions of it with my students to help them learn about the holocaust.

  • Linda Scherr
    2019-04-15 18:53

    Ah, this is hard to read, as it should be... we are traveling to Auschwitz this fall and this was on the recommended book list. It is short (100 pages) and gave me enough of the flavor of what happened there and the organization of the camp, that I feel my experience of going there will be enhanced. It is not a current book, but the history unfortunately doesn't change so it is entirely relevant today.

  • John
    2019-04-25 19:33

    A short 100 page read that concisely describes the horrors of Auschwitz. The insane thinking behind the building and operation of the camp is aptly captured. The horror is that the genocides have continued in Cambodia, Rwanda and the Sudan. It seems history is doomed to repeat itself.

  • Teri Smith
    2019-04-13 21:03

    I visited Auschwitz earlier this month, and this is an excellent companion to the visit. I recommend reading this before you visit. Even if you're not planning a visit, it's an excellent (though difficult) historical read.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-28 22:59

    This book is about Auschwitz, a concentration camp during the Holocaust. These type of books are always heart breaking to read, but also very educational. I'm glad I read it, but once was enough for me.

  • Ben
    2019-04-25 22:58

    Friedrich notes his sources in the last few pages of the book, but a lack of citations throughout the book make it difficult to know where he got his information. It is still a brief and interesting read on Auschwitz II.

  • Bethany
    2019-03-29 16:40

    For a book with less than 200 hundred pages, it is packed with facts about Auschwitz. It's remarkable how vast this camp one. If you are interested in WWII or you are looking to expand your knowledge, this is a great place to start.

  • Jonfaith
    2019-04-05 15:52

    This acid whisper will always be personally linked with a short story by Cortazar. Destiny assumes a more moribund posture in this context.

  • Manda
    2019-04-19 21:39

    This book opened my eyes to whole new facts I did not know. I thought I knew a lot about Auschwitz, this books showed me I was wrong.

  • Natasha
    2019-04-13 23:01

    Great book about Auschwitz; quotes from many other books/memoirs in this book.

  • Edwina Callan
    2019-04-14 00:03

    One of several books that I donated to the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum for their on site Library of Holocaust books.The cover photo never fails to put tears in my eyes.

  • Jimmy
    2019-04-10 19:54

    Almost impossible that a book this small contains all of the horror of the most evil place in history, but it does....

  • Sharon
    2019-04-15 20:38

    Profound. Very good.