By Laurence Rees
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the location of the biggest mass homicide in human heritage. but its tale isn't totally identified. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees finds new insights from greater than a hundred unique interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who communicate at the list for the 1st time. Their stories offer a portrait of the interior workings of the camp in unrivalled detail—from the suggestions of mass homicide, to the politics and gossip mill that became among guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel during which the strains among these guards and prisoners grew to become strangely blurred.
Rees examines the strategic judgements that led the Nazi management to prescribe Auschwitz as its basic web site for the extinction of Europe's Jews—their "Final Solution." He concludes that the various horrors that have been perpetrated in Auschwitz have been pushed not only through ideological inevitability yet as a "practical" reaction to a struggle within the East that had started to move mistaken for Germany. A bad immoral pragmatism characterizes some of the judgements that decided what occurred at Auschwitz. therefore the tale of the camp turns into a morality story, too, within which evil is proven to continue in a chain of deft, nearly noiseless incremental steps till it produces the overpowering horror of the economic scale slaughter that was once inflicted within the fuel chambers of Auschwitz.
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He did not come to power as a result merely of a unique combination of circumstances. Historical processes are usually the product of many developments, like many streams flowing each into its own channel until they combine into a mighty river. They will come together only if their flow is in the same general direction. No doubt various events contributed to the rise of Nazism: the defeat of Germany in World War I; the subsequent economic difficulties; lack of leadership and futile party divisions; fratricidal strife and disunion 28 STUDYING THE HOLOCAUST —all these impelled the German people, disoriented and groping, to turn its eyes towards the false prophet.
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