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{Read Book} Ì Uomini ad Auschwitz: Storia del più famigerato campo di sterminio nazista ⛈ Edizione ridotta autorizzata dall autore Ognuno di quelli che erano l ha fatto almeno una volta qualcosa di buono Questa , appunto, la cosa peggiore Se gli uomini delle SS ad Auschwitz avessero fatto sempre soltanto del male, mi sarei detta che non potevano fare altrimenti perch erano dei sadici malati Ma invece questi uomini sapevano distinguere fra il bene e il male e decidevano una volta per il bene e novantanove per il male Ella Lingens p 341 lots of details about Auschwitz some of which may find their way into my current novel I ve read a lot of Holocaust memoirs and studies in the course of my life but never before have I come across anything as objective and detailed as H Langbein s People in Auschwitz H Langbein, according to his own admission, had a certain advantage over other historians he was a former Auschwitz inmate himself, and therefore not only he had his own memories to rely on but he also could interview multiple survivors while working on this study and create what is perhaps the most detailed acc I ve read a lot of Holocaust memoirs and studies in the course of my life but never before have I come across anything as objective and detailed as H Langbein s People in Auschwitz H Langbein, according to his own admission, had a certain advantage over other historians he was a former Auschwitz inmate himself, and therefore not only he had his own memories to rely on but he also could interview multiple survivors while working on this study and create what is perhaps the most detailed account of Auschwitz that exists so far What I appreciated the most in this particular study was the objectivity of it One has to give it to Langbein, not taking sides while speaking about as personal an experience as Auschwitz was, must have been extremely difficult yet he completed the task admirably By separating the book into two parts the inmates and the jailers he paints a realistic picture of what life was like not only for ones incarcerated there but for the perpetrators as well By bringing up multiple survivors accounts, he doesn t leave a single stone unturned while describing the ins and outs of the most infamous extermination camp He talks about extremes of the Birkenau camp the so called Muselm nner and the camp VIPs, that is, privileged inmates who were given mostly clerical tasks or worked in the Kanada sorting detail or the Sonderkommando and therefore led a completely different life from those who were at the very bottom of the camp s complex hierarchy He also talks about the jailers and their types the sadistic ones who took pleasure in beating and murdering the inmates, and the ones who risked their own lives to help the inmates and got executed for it Langbein doesn t separate the inmates and the jailers into good ones and into bad ones respectively instead, he examines the human nature of each individual and admits that even among the inmates there were rotten types and that even among SS doctors or guards were the ones who helped the inmates and were later acquitted based on the survivors testimonies in their defense The amount of research that went into this study is truly astounding and worth separate praise After you finish this book, you ll be able to name most of the notable inmates, Kapos, and the SS leaders I was actually left with a feeling that I knew all these people personally, and to create such a vivid portrait of each is definitely no easy feat and particularly when it comes to historical studies It s fascinating, not dry at all but instead is filled with everyday scenes that will remain in your memory long after you ve finished the book, and meticulously researched If one is serious about studying the Holocaust and Auschwitz, this book should definitely be on their must read list I am writing a play that includes Auschwitz as background, so a lot of what I am currently reading has to do with the Holocaust in general and this camp in particular Hermann Langbein was an Austrian communist who fought with the International Brigade in the Civil War, and was sent to Dachau and then Auschwitz after the Anschluss There he served as a clerical assistant to SS Doctor Eduard Wirths In that position, Langbein was able to observe the camp from both a macro and micro perspective H I am writing a play that includes Auschwitz as background, so a lot of what I am currently reading has to do with the Holocaust in general and this camp in particular Hermann Langbein was an Austrian communist who fought with the International Brigade in the Civil War, and was sent to Dachau and then Auschwitz after the Anschluss There he served as a clerical assistant to SS Doctor Eduard Wirths In that position, Langbein was able to observe the camp from both a macro and micro perspective He was not Jewish, and he constantly reminds the reader that his position was privileged That being said, he was threatened with execution at least twice, and only escaped because Wirths protected him Langbein is grateful to Wirths, who committed suicide after his 1945 arrest, but Langbein also records the fact that Wirths did human experimentation though not on the scale of fellow camp doctor Joseph Mengele.The book attempts to record what life was like in Auschwitz What makes it particularly useful Langbein documents everything he can about the entire population, including inmates and guards, civilians who came into contact with inmate workers at places like IG Farben and Siemens, family members, etc He is incredibly thorough, and remarkably dispassionate This does not mean he refrains from judgment, or moral outrage But he does offer insights into why Auschwitzers did what they did, whether good or evil and I am not sure that Langbein sees many people who were uniformly good I suppose all of us have wondered how we would have behaved as citizens during the Third Reich Langbein s conclusion is that most of those who ran Auschwitz were not slavering monsters or sociopaths which let s face it, would be comforting but normal Germans corrupted by the same wants and desires that affect all of us Power Purpose An ideological point of view Greed the discussion of Canada, the name given to the sorting area for items left behind by gassed Jews after transport is particularly harrowing All of this is useful to me as I write my play But this book should be required reading, particularly as the West begins to slide towards nationalism again I would also recommend a German movie called Labyrinth of Lies, as well as Deborah Lipstadt s Denying the Holocaust.Highly, highly recommend