Auschwitz A New History (NEW)


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Read & Download Auschwitz A New History ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Namelijk joden Sinti en Roma Auschwitz vormde daarmee een van de pijlers van de Endlösung het plan van de nazi’s om alle bevolkingsgroepen die niet voldeden aan het ideaal van de ariër om te breng. I ve read countless books on the holocaust I ve taken classes on Genocide The pages I ve read and absorbed on hate suffering and the amazing will to survive will never leave me Books on Hitler Nazis Speer H ss Goebbels Even Eva Germany France Russia Hungary Poland Ghettos Stars Treblinka Sobibor Ravensbruk Dachau And of course Auschwitz I ve been there I ve made that climb to the Eagles Nest and viewed that panoramic sky It s downright evil that such a place of beauty ever gave Adolf and those close to him even a momentary speck of solaceYet as ever there are still stories to be told Things to be learned Misinformation to be debunked and sorted out as new found information comes to light The learning continuum relentlessly rolls on Even regarding such a heavily reported subject as thisThe Washington Post has this to say about the British Award Winning author and filmmaker Laurence Rees on his book Auschwitz Reesdoes at the gut level what Hannah Arendt achieved forty years agoforcing the reader to shift the Holocaust out of the realm of nightmare or Gothic horror and acknowledge it as something all to human Laurence Rees with his insightful probing book into Nazi Germany and the Concentration Camps the Guards and SS Officers who ran them particulary Auschwitz won the History Book of the Year Award in Britian in 2006 as well as a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for writing producing and directing a series of his book He Is the only person to of been awarded this dual distinctionIf you think you know all there is all to know about Auschwitz think again This book has a lot to offerIf you know you don t know enough about the holocaust read this book Hey pick any book If you don t understand the insidious nature of Genocide The Armenian genocide Rawanda Darfur Bosnia start educating yourself Genocides abound What they have in common is a slow eerily uiet beginning before ascending It need never happen It must never happen Not again Ford County years agoforcing the reader to shift the Holocaust out of the realm of nightmare or Gothic horror and acknowledge it as something all to human Laurence Rees with his insightful probing book into Nazi Germany and the Concentration Camps the Guards and SS Officers who ran them particulary Auschwitz won the History Book of the Year Award in Britian in 2006 as well as a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for writing producing and directing a series of his book He Is the only person to of been awarded this dual distinctionIf Johannes Cabal the Necromancer you think Academia Obscura you know all there is all to know about Auschwitz think again This book has a lot to offerIf Wide eyed and Legless Inside the Tour De France A Sportspages Book you know Il rogo di Berlino you don t know enough about the holocaust read this book Hey pick any book If The Nightingale Girls you don t understand the insidious nature of Genocide The Armenian genocide Rawanda Darfur Bosnia start educating A Certain Je Ne Sais uoi yourself Genocides abound What they have in common is a slow eerily uiet beginning before ascending It need never happen It must never happen Not again

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Read & Download Auschwitz A New History ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Op 27 januari 1945 werd Auschwitz een van de beruchtste concentratiekampen uit de nazi tijd door het Rode Leger bevrijd In dit aangrijpende en veelomvattende boek vertelt journalist en programmamaker. I felt that this was an extremely well researched and well written account of this episode of the cruelest man has ever been to one s fellow humans It is the harrowing account of the creation of Auschwitz with notable parentheses about the other camps and the overall context in which they were created and were operated I visited Auschwitz days after finishing the book and felt prepared for the horrors that awaited me and also felt I got much out of the experience since I felt relatively informed I would highly recommend this book for anyone planning to visit the Lagers and would highly recommend the 6h tour in English and the amazing tour guide BorgusiaRees book has a fabulous introduction which gives the context that led to the horror and its conseuences and is extremely well written The book is the result of hundreds of interviews performed by the author and his team during the research leading to a BBC documentary and this book of survivors SS officers Polish residents of O wi cim Poland and others So it is based on first hand oral evidence as well as research into the 10% of archives not destroyed by the Nazis during their flight documents taken back to Russia by the victorious army etc I would further recommend that even if you do not wish to read the entire book that the Introduction is truly an important standalone document including many insights such as Goebbels believed that it was always preferable to reinforce the existing prejudice of the audience rather than try to change someone s mind p 17 This made me think of the current rallies around Trumpism and how now effort by the magats is ever made to convince only to validate and terrifyThe book then starts with the origins of the Holocaust One must bear in mind that the economy of the Nazi empire was based on enslaving the non Aryan populations and so concentration camps such as Dachau were used for political prisoners Socialists journalists professors on the left etc as well as prisoners of war The concept of Death Camps of which there were four including of course Auschwitz came in 1942 and following The techniues were adapted from experiences on euthanasia on patients in insane asylums and retirement communities Germany needed useful citizens to build their future and they proceeded to eliminate those they felt were dead weight It is also important to point out that there were tens and not hundreds or even thousands of homosexuals sent to Auschwitz for re education because the sexual act itself was not the real issue it was the necessity for Aryans to reproduce and create the next generations of Nazis for the empire so it was not a systematic moral imperative but rather a political reproduction related imperative contrary to most anti gay initiatives today In fact there was a class of children named pipel who were young male prisoners who were servants and uite often sex slaves to SS officers and to Kapos in camp In this context Poland and the conuered territory in the Soviet Union was intended to clear a large space for a growing Nazi empire to expand into In fact the invasion of the Soviet Union had a specific idea behind it as illustrated by this uote from Himmler just before the operation Barbarossa in 1941 was started The purpose of the Russian campaign is to decimate the Slavic population by 30 millions p 69 The region around Krakow happened to be in the center of the projected empire which would stretch from the Pyrennees and the Atlantic Ocean to the Volga The next chapter Orders and Initiatives is about how Commandant Rudolf Hoess built Auschwitz He had been a guard at Dachau before the assignment to convert the marshland around O wi cim Poland and the existing Polish army site there into a detainment camp From Feb 27 1942 experimentation at The Little Red House on Birkenau was started the first crematorium The Poles living the the area were ejected from their homes and pushed out of the region Any resistants were murdered or imprisoned in Auschwitz In fact the initial population of the camp was Russian and Polish POWs Jewish prisoners started arriving in 1943 A total of 11M people were killed at Auschwitz in the gas chambers via exhaustion or execution of which 1 million were JewsThe Factories of Death chapter describes the rapid ramp up of the killing capacities towards the end of 1943 and early 1944 as well as the fate of the 69000 French Jews the 3rd largest number of murders committed during the Holocaust at Auschwitz after the Hungarians 450k and the Poles 300k and as someone living in France this was particularly difficult to read for meOne interesting piece here in light of current US ICE policy on the border Even Hoess observed how families in Auschwitz wanted to stay together at all costs Although the selection process separated men from women husbands from wives the Nazis soon learnt that is was almost always counter to their own interests to separate mothers forcibly from their children p 168 So in this sense the ICE policy of separating mothers and children is intentionally cruel and reading that it was even a step that even the Nazis refused to take was shocking to say the leastIn another chapter Rees talks about the widespread corruption in the camp Here I learned of Canada the warehouse at Birkenau where all the goods stolen from victims was sorted and stored This was probably the luckiest place to be assigned as a girl or woman because the prisoners here were able to occasionally get slightly better clothes and larger rations than in other barracks of the camp The property in Canada diamonds gold watches coins dollars etc was all the explicit property of the Reich but the temptation was overpowering to steal and there was an incredibly huge black market well described in terms of bread as currency in Primo Levy s If This Is a Man The Truce p 224 Fritz Klein one Nazi doctor was uoted as saying with no remorse Out of respect for human life I would remove a gangrenous appendix from a diseased body The Jew is the gangrenous appendix in the body of mankindTherefore from the purist Nazi point of view Auschwitz and the other death camps were an exercise in health management facilitating the removal of people who were a burden or a threat to the wellbeing of the state p 229 It is also in this chapter that the human experiments are describedone day readers must visit Block 10 to get an idea of exactly how grim and evil this was The thing to realize is that it was done for profit Bayer paid 170 Reichmarks for each woman that was killed in experiments on an anaesthetic Bayer was a division of IG Farber the company that owned the synthetic rubber plant Buna where Primo Levy and Elie Wiesel were imprisonedThe other gruesome aspect to camp was the brothel in Bloc 24 page 249 limited to non Jewish and non gypsy prisoners and the common rape in Canada of women working in that block See page 238There are popular books such as The Tattooist of Auschwitz which purport to be realistic pictures of life in the camps or which romanticize the relationships between SS and Jewish women in camps The problem with the former is that there are situations such as witnessing executions which were impossible given the organization at Auschwitz the executions were committed between Bloc 18 and Bloc 19 against the execution wall and there was no way for a prisoner to observe this As for the second it was exceedingly rare because there was little direct contact between the SS who lived outside the camp walls and the prisoners The creation of brothels was the reason that Hoess was dismissed from running Auschwitz temporarily as it would turn out because he was recalled when operations needed to be scaled up in 1944 for the arrival of Hungarian Jews because the internal Morgen investigation into the camp revealed an unacceptable level of corruption and Hoess was the fall guyThere were gruesome stories of the roundups the one from Izbica in Poland where Janek denounces his friend Toivi saying He s a Jew Take him Janek then said goodbye to me in a way that is difficult even now for me to repeathe said Goodbye Toivi I will see you on a shelf in a soap store p 255 One needs to realize that the remains of cremated prisoners were not actually used for soap but they were used as fertilizer and the ash fell in the river so the Nazis were eating and drinking the dead Jews uite literally That in addition to sleeping on mattresses filled with Jewish women s hair wearing clothes woven from that same hair etc etc The industrial nature of converting literally millions of humans into compost and industrial products is just appalling and terrifying in this reader s viewPerhaps the most evil part of the book the Frenzied Killing chapter is where the Sonderkommando are described These are the unfortunate prisoners often Greeks or Ukranians who were to strip the bodies of the dead in the gas chambers search orifices for valuables and cut off dead women s hair before transporting the bodies to elevators up to the crematoria There were 900 of these workers in 1944 There was a special exhibit during my visit to Auschwitz in February 2020 about the Sonderkommando and I cannot describe how horrific the scenes and testimonies were Here the revolt of the Sonderkommando on October 7 1944 is described in which crematorium 3 was destroyed but at the cost of over 460 prisoners shot and executedThe last chapter Liberation and Retribution describes what happened after Jan 27 1945 and it was particularly galling to read that over 85% of SS that committed murder at Auschwitz and other death camps went unpunished This is a fact that Primo Levy also bemoaned as it was done as a political consideration and was truly another injustice for the victims To think Doktor Josef Mengele who was the notorious doctor of Block 10 and who as a non soldier did not have the underarm tattoo of the SS and therefore escaped and was aided by the Vatican to escape to Argentina dying of a stroke while peaceably swimming in the ocean in Brazil This is truly an essential book on the most horrific incident in human history One of many horrific events One wonders whether humans will ever evolve beyond this kind of brutality but the rise of Nazism in the 21st century seems to give rise to skepticism in that regardBy their crime the Nazis brought into the world an awareness of what educated technologically advanced human beings can do as long as they possess a cold heart Once allowed into the world knowledge of what they did must not be unlearnt It lies there ugly inert waiting to be rediscovered by each new generation A warning for us and for those who will come after p 375Fino s Reviews of Books about the HolocaustNonfictionIf This Is A ManThe Truce by Primo LevyThe Periodic Table by Primo LevyThe Drowned and the Saved by Primo LevyThe Night by Elie WieselAuschwitz by Laurence ReesFictionThe Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather MorrisCilka s Journey by Heather MorrisTravel 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Read & Download Auschwitz A New History ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Laurence Rees hoe deze oorspronkelijk Poolse kazerne uit kon groeien tot een van de grootste vernietigingskampen uit de geschiedenis van de mensheid hier werden meer dan 15 miljoen mensen vergast voor. When it comes to complex topics like the Holocaust I think it s helpful to read from a number of sources And often the best books are those that offer us something new either by presenting a piece of the puzzle that was missing or perhaps adding additional perspective that affords us a new way of looking at an old piece allowing us to better place itI m not sure I can do a book like this justice in a review other than to say it was an excellent compliment to other readings I ve done to this pointHowever I can share some ideas either introduced or reinforced for me in the reading1 First and foremost the forces that drove the Holocaust aren t so different from the forces that caused other atrocities throughout the world s history and the Germans aren t the only ones who have something to apologize for2 Hitler and his henchmen were likely a product of their environment The Germans weren t alone in their anti semantic policies and the Holocaust couldn t have taken place on the same scale without the complicity of other nations and tens of thousands of individuals who either cooperated with the lunacy willingly or through coercion or turned their heads the other way 3 The idea of a superior race was not exclusive to the Germans History is replete with examples of cultures who suffer from delusions of supremacy and seem to feel justified in efforts to segregate or save the world from the undesirables I think it s also relevant that at that time in history the idea of eugenics had gained the interest and support of the scientific community4 The Final Solution evolved and had both ideological as well as practical implications 5 None of us really knows that monster that lives within us The what ifs are almost impossible to predict The idea that only innately evilbad people are capable of doing evilbad things is naive and simplistic Beliefs dictate our morality and thus draw the only lines in the sand that matter 6 The collective is a powerful motivator as it influences belief and as such can exert a huge influence over the limits we set for ourselves7 Killing is easier to do from both a physical and psychological distance Ideologically killing is easier when you can convince yourself that the person you are killing is somehow less than human unworthy of lifeor less worthy of life andor an immediate threat to your well being8 The human instinct for self preservation can be powerful than even our most deeply held convictions When push comes to shove the will to survive often trumps all else9 Revenge is a dish best not served If a victim s only sense of justice comes from victimizing his perpetrator it only perpetuates the cycle The Germans felt victimized by the Jews in World War I whether justified or not If in the process of killing the monster you have to become one have your really wonSome passages that stood out for meComplicityAuschwitz prisoners were even sold to the Bayer company part of the IG Farben as human guinea pigs for the testing of new drugs One of the communications from Bayer to the Auschwitz authorities states that The transport of 150 women arrived in good conditions However we were unable to obtain conclusive results because they died during the experiments We would kindly reuest that you send us another group of women to the same number and at the same priceThe Monster WithinToivi Blatt a boy sent to Sobibor a death camp and spared so he could assist in the killing process by cutting hair sorting clothes taking baggage and cleaning campsYes I thought about this But nobody did anything I wasfifteen years old and had people with grown up experience all around and nobody was doing anything People change under some conditions People asked me What did you learn and I think I m only sure of one thing nobody knows themselves The nice person on the street you ask him Where is North Street and he goes with you half a block and shows you and is nice and kind That same person in a different situation could be the worst sadist Nobody knows themselves All of us could be good people or bad people in these different situation Sometimes when somebody is really nice to me I find myself thinking how will he be in SobiborIt is as if for people like Toivi Blatt the realization came in the camps that human beings resemble elements that are changeable according to temperature Just as water only exists as water in a certain temperature range and is steam or ice in others so human beings can become different people according to extremes of circumstance One of the most disturbing aspects of this analysis is in my experience that it is one shared by many perpetrators I remember one former dedicated member of the Nazi party saying to me in an exasperated manner after I pressed him on why so many went along with the horrors of the regimes The trouble with the world today is that people who have never been tested go around making judgments about people who haveOne Man s Morality is Another Man s MadnessEven today Morris has no problem with having killed this German prisoner It mattered not that the man he murdered had been a fellow inmate of Auschwitz All that was important was the language he d been speaking I was happy They the Germans killed all my family thirty or forty people and I killed one German Phuh That was nothing If I could kill a hundred of them I would be glad because they destroyed us completely No matter how he is uestioned on the subject Morris is unable to see any difference between the Germans who ran Auschwitz and the German prisoner he killed on the cattle car on that freezing winter night in PolandWe got angry he Moshe Tavor a member of the Jewish Brigade says simply And many of us felt it wasn t enough that we participated in the war So Moshe Tavor and his comrades discussed ways that they could take revenge on the Germans Tavor says that they first used whatever contacts they hadOnce all this preparation was complete they would drive up to a house of the suspected perpetrator and take him away for an interrogationWe would take this guy and he wouldn t resist And from that moment on he no longer saw anything He never saw his house againIn reference to the vigilante style killingsNot that I was happy to do it but I did it I never had to drink before to make myself enthusiastic I was always enthusiastic enough I m not saying that I was indifferent but I was calm and uiet and I did my work You can compare me perhaps even to the Germans themselves who did it because they also did their workWhen I did it I felt very good I mean not at the moment of the killing but during that overall period of time I can t say that I feel bad about it now you can tell me I murdered people but I know who I killed So I m not proud and I m not guilty about it I don t wake up at night with bad dreams or anything I sleep well I eat well I liveMaybe They Deserved ItI couldn t understand how six or eight German soldiers could lead one hundred and fifty people into vehicles and take them away I think I might have attacked one of those Germans and let them kill me and get it over withI feel very connected to the people who fought here in Israel two thousand years ago and I was less attached to the Jew who went like sheep to the slaughter this I couldn t understandI m Bad But He s Really BadYou still kill them but you kill them from a distance and it doesn t have the demoralizing effect upon you that it did if I went up and stuck a bayonet in someone s stomach in the course of combat It s just different It s kind of like conducting war through a video game


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    Laurence Rees ✓ 5 Read & Download characters Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Laurence Rees review Auschwitz A New History I know a lot about WW2 history and the crimes that took place at Aushwitz however this book gave me a detailed account of what went on there The story’s are chilling and disturbing to know that human beings can do this to one another is horrifying But at the same time some of the story’s of the inmates were full of courage and

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