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Auschwitz Death Camp (Images of War) [Paperback]

Ian Baxter
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (20 Dec 2009)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1848840721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848840720
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 19 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the site of the single largest mass murder in history. Over one million mainly Jewish men, women, and children were murdered in its gas chambers. Countless more died as a result of disease and starvation. 'Auschwitz Death Camp' is a chilling pictorial record of this infamous establishment. Using some 250 photographs together with detailed captions and accompanying text, it describes how Auschwitz evolved from a brutal labor camp at the beginning of the war into what was literally a factory of death. The images how people lived, worked and died at Auschwitz.

The book covers the men who conceived and constructed this killing machine, and how the camp provided a vast labor pool for various industrial complexes erected in the vicinity. 'Auschwitz Death Camp' is shocking proof of the magnitude of horror inflicted by the Nazis on innocent men, women and children. Such evil should not be forgotten lest it reappear.

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By Pt Earp
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As a regular visitor to Auschwitz, as a Tour Manager, for over 10 years, I have collected many books about the camp and The Holocaust. This recently published book contains many new photographs and an excellent history, which would be a useful addition to anyone's library, as it covers topics not usually covered in other books I have seen about Auschwitz.
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This book compiles many photographs from Auschwitz- Birkenau as well as ones of SS personnel off duty in the retreat located some kilometres from the camp. There is , it must be said, very little original about this book as it combines images from the very moving Auschwitz Album with that of the usual aerial photos taken during the war, and ones of life within the camp,nothing new from those which feature much more comprehensively in the excellent publication put out by the Oscwiecim Museum. Also, interestingly for a miltary historian, the author fails to note that the ones he includes taken buy the Soviet Army post-liberation are actually recreations of life in the women's barracks- for a proper discussion of this, see the DVD The Liberation of Auschwitz with its interview with the Russian photographer who clearly stresses that on arrival, the Soviet Army were only concerned with triage in the first few days of liberation ,and only some weeks later when appropriate indoor lighting arrived for the photographer, did they stage some shots- with the displaced and homeless refugees from the front that were living in the barracks as makeshift shelters. So all in all, no new revelations here, just a bit of recycling really.
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Ausschwitz 25 Jun 2010
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Fascinating book that is worth reading, if only to see the terrible things done there and how bad the Nazis were. The only problem is the poor editing. Two photographs appear twice (Figs 101 and 108) with the same caption. Figure 173 identifies three individuals in the foreground of the photograph but there are five individuals in the foreground of that photo. The photos starting with figure 200 appear to be modern photos of Auschwitz but only one (fig 203) is labeled as a modern photo. It would have been interesting to have compared the modern photos with the ones taken during the war if the buildings are still there. Although this is not a book about the entire concentration camp system used by the Nazis, it would also have been nice to have some overview.
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Images of Assembly-Line Mass Murder! 23 Aug 2010
By Michael OConnor - Published on
High school world history classes should include books like Ian Baxter's AUSCHWITZ DEATH CAMP in their curriculum. It's a graphic reminder of how bestial a nation can become. Auschwitz, Nazi Germany's most famous concentration camp, was the scene of over a million murders of helpless men, women and children. As depicted in Ian Baxter's 2009 book, genocide was a matter of routine at Auschwitz, strictly a matter of design, construction, scheduling, disposal, etc.

Work on Auschwitz began in 1940. Although termed a concentration camp, it was, in fact, never planned to house and maintain Germany's undesirables there but to exterminate them. Over the years the original site and its installations were developed, expanded and 'refined' to make mass murder easier to accomplish. It ultimately consisted of three main camps and 45 satellite sites. Amazingly enough, the dedicated SS staff continued murdering until shortly before Russian troops liberated the camp in January 1945. Approximately 1.1 million people died at Auchwitz, either through gassing, executions, starvation, forced labor or medical experiments. Its first commander, Rudolf Hoss, was hanged in 1947 for crimes against humanity. Hopefully all the people who staffed the camps will be reunited with him in hell.

Baxter does a good job of detailing the creation of Auschwitz and its physical growth over the war years. The book includes many photographs, illustrations and diagrams showing the camp in all its glory along with the men and women who ran it. It's mindblowing to see shots of various Auschwitz SS staff socializing, picnicking, having sing-alongs, etc. and then view page after page of frightened men, women and children arriving at the camp, being divided into 'live' or 'die' groups, etc. Baxter's well-done narrative touches upon how the Germans experimented on more effective methods of mass murder so that it wouldn't upset the SS staff(!) but he never touches upon how those people managed to sleep at night.

I would have rated AUSCHWITZ DEATH CAMP higher but for one problem. The book features 226 pictures. Only five out of the 226 depict corpses. Given that Auschwitz's death toll topped one million, more photographs - including more graphic shots - should have been included to show the true horror that took place in southern Poland from 1940 to 1945.

All in all, AUSCHWITZ DEATH CAMP is a comprehensive, fairly well-illustrated summary of Nazi Germany's largest death camp. However, I felt Baxter pulled his punches in not showing the horrible butcher's bill rung up by Hoss and the other good Germans who ran the hellish camp. Recommended.
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