In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated this Sunday, January 27, I’m recommending Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli.
This is the story of Dr. Miklos Nyiszli a Jewish prisoner/doctor who was sent to Auschwitz, along with his wife and daughter, in 1944. It is told in a first person narrative.
Synopsis: Upon his jarring arrival to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli is spared the gas chamber for the more barbarous task of assisting Dr. Josef Mengele in “scientific research” performed on the corpses of fellow inmates. Dr. Miklos survived and gives us his account in this horrifying memoir.
Any book of this nature is difficult to criticize, and I for one don’t. I think each memoir and account of the Holocaust is an important documentation of our human history. The Holocaust happens to be the most abysmal part of that history. It is humankind’s darkest era, as is so perfectly described in Our Living Legacy: “The Holocaust, which established the standard for absolute evil, is the universal heritage of all civilized people.” (read the Our Living Legacy Survivor’s Declaration)
Auschwitz a Doctor’s Eyewitness Account gives the reader a glimpse into what really went on in a death camp. Very few survived the gas chambers to tell the tale, and Dr. Nyiszli’s rendition is harrowing, eye-opening and tragic.
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.