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Publisher's Summary

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little-known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania, who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz. Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius' reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder 20 years after the end of the war.

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is much more, though, than a personal account of Capesius. It provides a spellbinding glimpse inside the devil's pact made between the Nazis and Germany's largest conglomerate, IG Farben, and its Bayer pharmaceutical subsidiary. The story is one of murder and greed, with its roots in the dark heart of the Holocaust.

Set against a backdrop ranging from Hitler's war to conquer Europe to the Final Solution, to postwar Germany's tormented efforts to confront its dark past, Posner shows the appalling depths to which ordinary men descend when they are unrestrained by conscience or any sense of morality.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Patricia Posner (P)2017 Tantor

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"A gruesome story eloquently told." ( Kirkus)

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Sad story, amazing book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The subject matter is quite unpleasant and sad but an important part of history.

Would recommend this book to history nerds that like investigating a little deeper. The parts of the book that deal with the trials and legal proceedings are especially interesting.

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  • Cassandra
  • 25-01-2018

Fascinating and Repulsive

I've read at least a dozen books about this subject and this one is for sure not for the faint of heart. A gripping lost tidbit of history. Finished in less than a day.

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  • Tom G
  • 10-06-2018

Jaw dropping story

As a polish immigrant in the US who became a pharmacist I could not pass up this title. This book paints a picture that I do not recall being as vivid when I learned about the holocaust in school in Poland. The first part of the book will make you angry, sad, surprised and numb. The horrific acts described make any horror movie seem tame. The second part of the book deals with the aftermath of the war and the nazi war trials. It is less interesting but still very important. This title describes not only the pharmacist profession at Auschwitz but also other medical professions and the unimaginable atrocities that the people running the camp were capable of. It is definitely worth a read.

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  • Robin
  • 23-03-2018

Painful but eye opening

You will learn things that you probably never knew. Bayer (the aspirin company) was a major contributor of the chemicals that killed innocent people, including children and women. The atrocities perpetrated by this man and others is not sugar coated. Is the book worth reading? Absolutely!

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  • Jo L.
  • 08-03-2018

A must read!

For personal reasons, I have been studying the Holocaust for 20 years and have read countless numbers of books and watched many documentaries. This book was a huge eye-opener, with up to date material that has only been released in the past 10 years.

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  • 25-01-2018

Well written

I really enjoyed listening to this story - It was well researched and written

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  • Lisa Taylor
  • 26-08-2017

I respect every victim of the Holocaust to....

Narrator I believe was SPOT on. This is about my 20th book on the topic. I am a critical care nurse of 27 years, It takes a lot to offend my sensibilities. this book 1/3 through did it. There were certain things involving children I just did NOT need to hear. And while it is important to keep most of these stories alive through generations, certain horrid details need to be never spoken of. The mad man at the helm of this hell would be sickening proud to know some of the stories are still being told. a shame really. gave it 3 attempts.

It would behoove this author to consider such sensitive things involving ......cant even saying it. just leave babies and kids out of it

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  • Stephen Timms
  • 05-04-2018

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I found this book fascinating and well researched. Some of the pronunciations in both English and German distracted - especially that of “Mengele”. However, it adds to the narrative of the holocaust and can thus be recommended.

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  • m
  • 09-05-2018

Shocking

Detailed account of the horrors of this infamous Nazi death factory. Chilling and factual. Adds a layer of detail to what is commonly known. Shines a spotlight on this depraved and opportunistic coward of a man who squirms and ultimately gets away with genocide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2018

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz.

A very good book, I listened too it in one night and found it well researched.

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  • Mark Patterson
  • 27-08-2018

Will not play.

From what I heard this was a very good audiobook.
Unfortunately couldn't listen after chapter 3 as the audio froze.sorely disappointed .

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  • mrs a j harding
  • 09-07-2018

Monotonous story

This story I thought would be quite good but in the end I found a bit boring and tame.
Narrator had a monotone voice with little expression.
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  • H.A.B.
  • 05-07-2018

Fascinating- and a lot of NEW INSIGHT!!!

All who read about the Third Reich - the uprise, the years of horror which followed - will have read about the concentration camps BUT this book is different to what you expect...

It is not simply a portraitier account about the pharmacist of Auschwitz - no, it gives a lot more - the role of the large pharmaceutical firm IG Farben and so many others ....

Would I recommend this book: YES