By Miklos Nyiszli, Tibere Kremer, Richard Seaver, Bruno Bettelheim
“The most sensible short account of the Auschwitz event available.”—The big apple assessment of BooksWhen the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they despatched almost the total Jewish inhabitants to Auschwitz. A Jew and a doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli used to be spared from demise for a grimmer destiny: to accomplish “scientific learn” on his fellow inmates below the supervision of the notorious “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli used to be named Mengele’s own examine pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to provide this terrifying and sobering account.
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Here too the dead were stretched out beside the living. During breakfast, which we took in our rooms, I met my colleagues. The head doctor of barracks-hospital number 12 was Dr. Levy, professor at the University of Strasbourg; his associate was Dr. Gras, professor at the University of Zagreb; both were excellent practitioners, known throughout Europe for their skill. With practically no medicines, working with defective instruments and in surroundings where the most elementary aseptics and antiseptics were lacking, unmindful of their personal tragedy, unconscious of fatigue and danger, they did their best to care for the sick and ease the sufferings of their fellow men.
Though unfamiliar with the various SS ranks, I surmised from his arm band that he was a doctor. Later I learned that he was the head of the SS group, that his name was Dr. Mengele, and that he was chief physician of the Auschwitz concentration camp. As the “medical selector” for the camp, he was present at the arrival of every train. ” As for the subsequent phases, everyone lived through them according to his particular fate. To start, the SS quickly divided us according to sex, leaving all children under fourteen with their mothers.
Nyiszli fooled himself can be seen, for example, in his repeatedly referring to his work as a doctor, though he worked as the assistant of a vicious criminal. He speaks of the Institute for Race, Biological, and Anthropological Investigation as “one of the most qualified medical centers of the Third Reich” though it was devoted to proving falsehoods. That the author was a doctor didn’t at all change the fact that he, like any of the prisoner officials who served the SS better than some SS were willing to serve it, was a participant, an accessory to the crimes of the SS.