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In this compelling 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. Fascinating and disturbing facts have been uncovered - from the operation of a brothel to the corruption that was rife throughout the camp. The book draws on intriguing new documentary material from recently opened Russian archives, which will challenge many previously accepted arguments.

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.

©2020 Laurence Rees (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Simply a must listen....

I think that having visited Auschwitz prior to listening to this book gave me an adavatage when it came to picturing the parts of the camp the author describes. It is a faultless mix of history, drama and facts. Be prepared to be educated, be prepared to be shocked, be prepared to be inspired - The narrator is a perfect choice - excellent.

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After reading and listening to many books and visiting Auschwitz last year this book is very factual. The narrator also tells and explains the story well.

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Listened before and after a tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Well researched and written (and narrated) account of how the camp came into existence, flourished and ended, brought to life via the voices of survivors and perpetrators. Listened to while walking around the almost intimate, “ski chalet” buildings of Auschwitz and then the chilling vastness of Bikenau, it’s industrial scale, camp buildings as far as the eye can see, the sludge now replaced with long grass, an enduring and informative guide. An explainer of something that can never be truly explained.

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Excellent

An incredibly detailed account which encompasses far more than the camp at Auschwitz. In spite of the harrowing nature of the subject matter, the book is a must for anyone interested in the history of the era as it shows how and why so many ordinary people were willing to collaborate in so vile a crime. Wonderfully written and narrated.

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Harrowing

Hard to hear in places but a vital part of history that must never be forgotten.

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brilliant

must listen could listen to again and again.
and and and again and again great

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The truth well told.

This book is the most historically accurate account of the events that occurred at Auschwitz and other camps during WW2. It is harrowing, sad, tragic, and undeniable in its detail.
Please listen and tell the story so that future generations can avoid making the same mistakes.

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masterpiece

this author blows me away with his meticulous research and absorbing telling of history

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hard hittingv

Well a good book on the worst place in history a place we can never forget existed and never alow to exist again

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