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Auschwitz

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THE SUNDAY TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

'Superb' ANDREW ROBERTS

In this classic book, highly acclaimed author and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive history of the most notorious Nazi institution of them all. We discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass murder in history - part death camp, part concentration camp, where around a million Jews were killed.

Auschwitz examines the mentality and motivations of the key Nazi decision makers, and perpetrators of appalling crimes speak here for the first time about their actions. Drawing on Rees's landmark documentary and material from the Russian archives, which challenged many previously accepted arguments, this book reveals significant and disturbing facts - from the operation of a brothel to the corruption that was rife throughout the camp.

This is the story of murder, brutality, courage, escape and survival, and a powerful account of how human tragedy of such immense scale could have happened.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 26mm | 296g
  • BBC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 9780563522966
  • 81,329

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Devastating. Rees's research is impeccable and intrepid. Ultimately he does at the gut level what Hannah Arendt achieved some 40 years ago at the level of philosophy: he forces the reader to shift the Holocaust out of the realm of nightmare or Gothic horror and acknowledge it as something all too human. Scrupulous and honest, this book is utterly without illusions
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Thank God that occasionally books of the stature of Laurence Rees's superb Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution are published... Fascinating. * Evening Standard * Excellent * The Independent * A key to understanding man's inhumanity to man * The Guardian * Well-written with striking testimonies from bystanders, perpetrators and victims. The interviews with SS men, and sundry European Fascists, are genuinely revealing, and must have been exceptionally difficult to negotiate * Daily Telegraph * Devastating. Rees's research is impeccable and intrepid. Ultimately he does at the gut level what Hannah Arendt achieved some 40 years ago at the level of philosophy: he forces the reader to shift the Holocaust out of the realm of nightmare or Gothic horror and acknowledge it as something all too human. Scrupulous and honest, this book is utterly without illusions * Washington Post, USA *
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About Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of a large canon of books, including Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. His longstanding career as a writer and filmmaker, focusing on the Nazis and World War II, includes the acclaimed television series Nazis: A Warning from History, War of the Century, Horror in the East and Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. The body of work has won him a myriad of awards including a BAFTA. a Grierson Award and an international Documentary Award. He was educated at Oxford University and held the post of Creative Director of BBC TV History programmes.
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