This new history of the Nazis’ most notorious concentration and death camp begins with the origins of Auschwitz as a camp for Polish political prisoners in 1940 and continues through the present controversies over how best to memorialize the world’s largest cemetery. Journalistic in style, the book is nonetheless based on impeccable scholarship and on numerous interviews with former inmates (Polish and Jewish) as well as former camp guards. Rees does not shy away from asking difficult questions and has thus produced a tome that is both accessible and authoritative. This book belongs in every Holocaust collection. Illus.; index; notes.
Abraham J. Edelheit is an associate professor of history at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) and the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books on the Holocaust, Zionism, Jewish and European history, and Military affairs. His most recent publication appeared in Armor magazine, the official journal of the US Army Armor and Cavalry Command.