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.