Auschwitz: A New History

Lau­rence Rees
  • Review
By – September 24, 2012
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.

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