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Auschwitz

A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Narrator Noah Michael Levine's expressive performance shades in different layers of emotion as he narrates the true story of Jewish prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, who was spared death and chosen by Dr. Josef Mengele himself to assist in the Nazi doctor's terrible experiments. Levine sensitively evokes both the horror and desire for survival that permeates Dr. Nyiszli's stories of serving as Mengele's personal research pathologist and as the physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked in the crematoriums and were routinely executed every four months. Listeners will find themselves moved by Dr. Nyiszli's moral agony over his role as Mengele's assistant and his ambition to stay alive in order to reveal the truth about Auschwitz.

Publisher's Summary

Auschwitz was one of the first books to bring the full horror of the Nazi death camps to the American public; this is, as the New York Review of Books said, "the best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available."

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capacity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give this horrifying and sobering account.

©1960, 2011 Miklos Nyiszli (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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One of the most sickening stories I’ve ever heard. One that had to be told.

Josef Mengele would have to be one of the worst humans to ever breathe. A despicable person.

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Absolutely Incredible Story

I cannot stress how interesting and IMPORTANT this book is. This book really puts you in the shoes of someone living in a concentration camp in a way I haven't seen before. Absolutely loved this book.

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amazing

it was interesting to see how people treat other people . to think people actually survived the torture the went through. if you like history you would enjoy if that is the correct word

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Interesting and terrifying but....

There is no doubt that everything within this book is truly terrifying, but I have also have a friend who was telling me about a book called "An Auschwitz Doctor's Eyewitness Account: The Tall Tales of Dr. Mengele's Assistant Analyzed" which claims that Nyszli is "either an extraordinary impostor or a lunatic".... So I was unable to take the recount of the ordeal as complete truth... Nor do I discredit everything said.... I am sure there is a grey area in the middle of these two books where the facts/truth actually lies.

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  • PJC
  • 01-10-2014

A mixed bag

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This was not a bad book. It read more like a journal than a story. It is simply about one man's experience in a Nazi camp. He witnessed some terrible things while in Auchwitz, and this is a detailed account. This book is not for the squeamish. The doctor is a forensic pathologist who was forced to do autopsies on people who were put to death in Auchwitz. He himself took no part in the killings. Some reviews have referred to him as a war criminal, but honestly, the man had a choice of dying in the gas chambers or working under Mengele doing autopsies on prisoners that were already DOA. The author choose the latter path, and was in constant fear for his life the whole time he was under captivity. Through a series of bribes, he was able to move about the camps more freely than others, but I do not see this as a point of pride for him, especially when you realize what his purpose for moving about the camp was. The book shows what a monster Mengele was and explains his demented ideas that led to the autopsies. This book is a grim reminder of the evil that exists in the world. We owe it to the fallen to hear these stories and remember them. One point of note: I was appalled at the prologue, which, if I understood it correctly, suggested that the plight of the Jews was, in part, brought upon them by their own doing. It was suggested that they were to blame in part for the atrocities that occurred due to their compliance and passivity. This was a different era, and a different people. Naive as they may or may not have been, you do what you are told when a gun is pointed at you. I was very displeased with the opening, and I think it did the book as a whole an grave injustice. As a matter of fact, it was insulting. Narration was average.

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  • Dennis
  • 07-05-2014

Just wow.

I have searched for books that tell about how things were inside the camps, and I have searched for books about the experiments, and the gas chambers.

While most books skirt around those topics - this one hits the full horror head on. First rate account

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  • Jfm
  • 09-09-2015

Great book. Very dark.

Would you listen to Auschwitz again? Why?

I will likely listen to this again. I think the seriousness in the voice of the narrator really underscores the gravity of what's happening throughout. A few have complained about the monotone voice but I think it was necessary for it to sound serious and not playful or overly dramatic. This stuff actually happened after all.

What other book might you compare Auschwitz to and why?

Hmm. I'm not sure what to compare this too. It's probably the most detailed book about Auschwitz that I've ever read.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't want to say. Because it's a very dark, depressing part of the book and I don't want to ruin it for potential readers.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was upsetting. I mean you hear about things that happened during this time in history, but to hear a first hand account of what was going on in this camp is so depressing.

Any additional comments?

Read this book. Everyone on the planet should read this. It's so hard to believe that evil like this existed less than 100 years ago. Very detailed and very well written and read.

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  • terrique
  • 09-09-2015

Riveting.

Astonishingly candid details of such monstrosities. An epic personal account of humanities inhumanity to man.

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  • Jeremy
  • 04-11-2014

Most difficult book I've ever read...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Michael Levine?

He was far too manly and brash to read this book...

Do you think Auschwitz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. It ends too abruptly.

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  • Simone
  • 10-07-2014

Bad Narration

It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.

I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.

The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.

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  • donjoe
  • 06-06-2019

a must read......

I see why this book is so important it grabs you like fish hooks and doesn't let go books almost 7 hours long feels like 40 minutes, and yet being placed in Auschwitz by this story feels like an eternity. the thing that grabbed me the most was a father and son with deformities was chosen their bodies to be boiled and their skeletons sent back to the Third Reich Museum as a deficiency example of their race and when the skeletons were removed from the iron tubs the prisoners thought it was meat being prepared for them and ate the Flesh not realizing it was flesh of the to humans until they were told later on I'll never forget that.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-07-2016

couldn't get through it

it's a great idea and part of history that MUST be told but listening to it was to difficult. it was harder than listening to a college professor teach quantum physics. I WANTED to finish it. I got to chapter 10 but despite the historical importance, it was written and narrated too boring.

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  • RAYMOND P SULICH JR
  • 03-12-2019

Terrible story but real life. Never forget!

Jewish people have my respect for having survived this. May God bless them and all of Israel!

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  • J
  • 09-10-2019

Difficult to imagine, but important to learn

Tough to love the pain being inflicted, but important to hear the factual moments of a psychotic regime.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2018

disappointing

Delivered in a detached robotic American tone it was difficult to connect with the characters events

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  • Julie Artist
  • 10-08-2014

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What made the experience of listening to Auschwitz the most enjoyable?

This was an incredibly difficult book to listen to, but compelling at the same time. I have only ever studied WWII history at school, but I guess I wanted to understand more about the Nazi plan for superiority and the lessons we can all learn to avoid anything like this happening again

What did you like best about this story?

This was written from a first hand experience. I felt as though the witness was somewhat detached from the atrocities. It is hard to judge someone else when they have been through such an experience. I guess we all have an idea of what we do, how we would cope, but the reality is no one knows until they have been there.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were various instances in the book when an individual was described. I found it particularly hard to imagine what despair and trauma these people would have experienced in their final hours.

Any additional comments?

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly humans can justify cruelty, because I am sure the German officers were not born bad, but were made bad by twisted logic. It also serves as a lesson to all of us to never forget and learn from past atrocities. How this could ever be denied beggars belief.

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  • M J North
  • 09-08-2016

Never Forget

Only history through words now, but I actually felt hurt and bruised from the reality of this well told book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-2019

a must listen for ww2 Holocaust studies

I have read most ww2 factual books ,this is an even more in depth account than I have heard before . This is from a completely different angle ,not from a prisoner ,but from a prisoner doctor given many privileges ,good clothes ,food ,drink and luxuries to work along side and carry out orders of the angel of death .....a chilling and very disturbing account of survival ....at all costs.....

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  • Mark Hill
  • 27-06-2019

Shocking account of mans brutality to man.

Heart rendering account on one man’s journey through hell. Very descriptive, account. Only criticism is the narrator. Would have been better to have a Polish or some other Eastern European to narrate as the American accent didn’t really go. All in all though a very tragic tale beautifully written.

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  • Clayton
  • 18-05-2019

Outstanding

This book is magnificent, just had to keep listening, although very hard at times. A truly gripping book

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  • Stacey Morris
  • 30-01-2019

heart breaking account

great book but be warned the story will ruin your day and leave you cold

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-2019

Chilling

So sad but true it should never have happened all because of dictater and a mad man

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  • Michael Mageean
  • 30-11-2018

terrible reading was very robotic

story was ok but the reading of it sounded like a robot, that made it a hard listen.

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  • Sarah Bowker
  • 11-11-2018

Not for me

I know this book is based on facts, it's our history. The only problem I find with these audio books is, if I do not like the narrator voice, I just can not listen to the contents, this gentleman, Noah Michael Levine, I just can not stand his voice. Therefore I can not complete this book.