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Auschwitz

A New History

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This edition published in by PublicAffairs in New York.

Written in English

368 pages

Published for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -- a devastating and surprising account of the most infamous death camp the world has ever known. Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail -- from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred. Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews -- their "Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a "practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany. A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz. Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. - Publisher.

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Auschwitz: A New History
January 31, 2006, PublicAffairs
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Auschwitz: a new history
2005, MJF Books
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Auschwitz: a new history
2005, Public Affairs
in English
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Auschwitz
January 6, 2005, BBC Books
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Auschwitz: a new history
2005, Public Affairs
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Auschwitz

a new history

First published in 2005



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Published for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -- a devastating and surprising account of the most infamous death camp the world has ever known. Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail -- from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred. Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews -- their "Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a "practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany. A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz. Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. - Publisher.

Auschwitz

A New History

This edition published in by PublicAffairs in New York.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Surprising beginnings
Orders and initiatives
Factories of death
Corruption
Frenzied killing
Liberation and retribution

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
368
Dimensions
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
Weight
15.2 ounces

ID Numbers

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OL8820682M
ISBN 10
1586483579
ISBN 13
9781586483579
Library Thing
610821
Goodreads
339756

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