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Again, seeing that this is apparently targeting the YA audience, I just can t agree He She would have to be a very mature young adult before I handed them this book Maybe I m not giving young people enough credit but the stories included here I wouldn t want my daughter reading at a young age I m 100% for knowledge, most especially of anything like this, but one has to be able to process the information being learned or no good will come from it, only pain, if anything That being said, this Again, seeing that this is apparently targeting the YA audience, I just can t agree He She would have to be a very mature young adult before I handed them this book Maybe I m not giving young people enough credit but the stories included here I wouldn t want my daughter reading at a young age I m 100% for knowledge, most especially of anything like this, but one has to be able to process the information being learned or no good will come from it, only pain, if anything That being said, this is outstanding It really is The reason I m giving it four stars instead of five is personal I m not much of a short story person I think, as much as I liked reading this, that I d have muchenjoyed a whole sequencial book by Nomberg Przytyk One thing I did not like the afterword I felt like I was being sold the author, her writing, and this book Anyone that read the book before the afterword as it should be would already be sold on all three things IMO And if not, the afterword isn t going to change anything I don t like anything being pushed on me and the afterword really should be cut out of here Scratch that it shouldn t be cut out There are a number of good points brought up, a lot of which a reader may not think about on their own What should be cut out are the selling points It takes away from the book in a horrible, horrible way I can t even recommend skipping this afterword altogether because of the parts I mentioned above I would only suggest to be aware and not fall into the sales pitch If you got something from the book it won t be because of the afterword It is said, in the afterword no less, that Nomberg Przytyk writes without absolute memory on some subjects This had be skeptical at first but after reading one of the good parts in the afterword I changed my mind I do believe that there is a good arguement for this type of writing In one story the author writes about the first time she hears the word organize in the Aushwitz term Instead of organize meaning forming as or into a whole , in the Aushwitz sense organize means to steal to survive Whether that means stealing food to trade for cigarettes to trade for a good job or something else, there is a new meaning for an old word The point of bringing this up is because it s said that it s unlikely this was the first time she heard the word After all, that one word was probably spoken dozens and dozens of times in a day since organizing was so very important to survival Now, when I m reading non fiction I tend to want it exactly as it happened I want to believe in that because without, is it really non fiction in the strictest sense Here I think yes I don t think I d care for this in many books but it works here and that s a great feat for Nomberg Przytyk This may be the best book I have read on the subject She brings the characters to life As she tells each person s story you do not know what their fate will be Some disappear and we never know, some are killed and some miraculously make it through the war This book shares so many people s different experiences it is both heartbreaking and astounding It is a must read if you want to know the ins and outs of how they survived or didn t camp life during this horrific period Almost unbelie This may be the best book I have read on the subject She brings the characters to life As she tells each person s story you do not know what their fate will be Some disappear and we never know, some are killed and some miraculously make it through the war This book shares so many people s different experiences it is both heartbreaking and astounding It is a must read if you want to know the ins and outs of how they survived or didn t camp life during this horrific period Almost unbelievable how people were treated worse than rats Whenever I am reading or finish a book about the Holocaust written by a survivor, I struggle deeply with rating such a book My moral compass goes wild as I try to give honest feedback on a piece existing because of such extreme conditions, yet I don t want to entirely misrepresent my thoughts on the book s content based on my empathetic and ethical reasoning But that being said, I will always take into consideration where these books are coming from and how, as readers and writers, we should Whenever I am reading or finish a book about the Holocaust written by a survivor, I struggle deeply with rating such a book My moral compass goes wild as I try to give honest feedback on a piece existing because of such extreme conditions, yet I don t want to entirely misrepresent my thoughts on the book s content based on my empathetic and ethical reasoning But that being said, I will always take into consideration where these books are coming from and how, as readers and writers, we should be compassionate to the material we read Basically, we need to be less harsh with our criticism due to the origin of all of these books.Sara Nomberg Przytyk wrote this book from her memories years after the war ended She recounts her story by painting portraits of events she witnessed and people she interacted with What I really loved about reading this book was learning about the mindsets of prisoners and how they struggled with what was morally right and wrong for them even though they were living and breathing within a vessel of death It is humbling to read her firsthand narratives about the inner struggle she was going through not only the physical conditions she was restrained but also the mental trap she found herself in Wanting to do the right thing in a place that exists to completely annihilate an entire population is incredibly emotional to read, let alone experience I found her individual stories of resistance inspiring The tale of the dancer on her way to her execution opened a door to the immense will to prevail over the terrible and her fight to try and save a thread of dignity at her imminent death, something I always wondered about regarding the march to the chambers I learned a lot from this book about the internal hierarchy of the prison population and how some people were brainwashed to a pulp and how others refused to give the SS any of there pride even at death You can t judge these stories you read, yet as the audience we like to imagine how we would react in similar situations By reading this book you begin to understand how the Nazis completely ravaged a people with mind games, deceit, abuse, and every other terrible beast of manipulation Sara is a very earnest and detailed writer and her experience at Auschwitz spotlights individual people and their personal battles.I recommend this book to people interested in learningabout this particular death camp and WWII, and to anyone who never wants to forget this awful time in history It s definitely a page turner harrowing, descriptive, and humbling are words that come to mind but it breathes the truth A detailed account of the hell on earth known as Auschwitz, as told by a Holocaust survivor.Brutal and heartbreaking. This book by Sara Nomberg Przytyk is definitely not for the squeamish or easily upset But I for one think it s very important to read about the Holocaust.We need to read about the people who died, and the people who were left behind, we need to remember the concentration camps and the horrible things that happened there.The author, Sara Nomberg Przytyk spent a number of years in Auschwitz, the worst concentration camp of all In the end, she was liberated and survived her ordeal However, she w This book by Sara Nomberg Przytyk is definitely not for the squeamish or easily upset But I for one think it s very important to read about the Holocaust.We need to read about the people who died, and the people who were left behind, we need to remember the concentration camps and the horrible things that happened there.The author, Sara Nomberg Przytyk spent a number of years in Auschwitz, the worst concentration camp of all In the end, she was liberated and survived her ordeal However, she witnessed some very horrible things The book is fascinating although very hard to read at times She describes horrible events but also describes some elements of hope For example, she talks about the mass executions, and the cruelty of Dr Mengele, who was the head Nazi in the camp She describes how he would go into the hospital and sit with the sick patients and talk to them He would seem so kind and gentle that they would confide in him all their problems Then he would casually send them to the gas chambers He also befriended a little boy, a gypsy, about 10 years old He paraded the boy throughout the camp and had the boy dance and gave him treats Then, when all the Gypsies were sent to be gassed and burned, he sent the boy as well and pushed him into the oven with his own hands.Sara Nomberg Przytyk worked in the hospital, and was one of the special workers so she got better treatment than most of the prisoners She always had enough food to eat, and she was usually exempt from all the selections Selections were when they lined up all the prisoners and decided who would go to the gas chambers They did selections periodically in the camp and said the week prisoners away to be killed The author was able to escape the selections So she had a better than most people in the camp She was very lucky This was probably due to the fact that she had many friends going into the camp because she had been active in the resistance movement against the Germans and was a political prisoner.One of the most disturbing things in the book is that the author describes many of the Jewish prisoners as being evenbrutal than the Nazis, or least as brutal Some of the prisoners would be put in charge of other prisoners They would be threatened with death unless the barracks were clean and the prisoners well mannered Some of them would become crazy with power and with the fear of the possibility of own executions so that they would be very cruel to the people under them Sometimes they would aid in rounding up the prisoners to be gassed.On the other hand, Nomberg Przytyk also talks about people who helped others There were several members of the hospital staff went out of their way to protect the weaker people in the camp They saved many people from the gas chamber by covering up for them when they couldn t do their work at hiding the fact that they were sick as they were They smuggled extra food to those who were particularly weak and starving They protected those who were the most vulnerable and help the hungriest Because of their efforts, many people survived the camps who would not have survived otherwise.The book really shows the horror of the concentration camps and also truth about human nature That in times of horrible stress, some human beings react heroically and help others while others become selfish and harm others The book was very powerful and definitely worth reading However, it is definitely not for children and I would caution people about the graphic nature of it Yes, I read yet another book on Auschwitz This time it was Auschwitz True Tales From a Grotesque Land by Sara Nomberg Przytyk It was written twenty years after the liberation of the camps in which the author describes her personal experiences and memories of the two years she spent incarcerated there While the unimaginable atrocities were happening all around her she also observed cases where human compassion survived She also had worked as an attendant in the camp hospital where she observ Yes, I read yet another book on Auschwitz This time it was Auschwitz True Tales From a Grotesque Land by Sara Nomberg Przytyk It was written twenty years after the liberation of the camps in which the author describes her personal experiences and memories of the two years she spent incarcerated there While the unimaginable atrocities were happening all around her she also observed cases where human compassion survived She also had worked as an attendant in the camp hospital where she observed the evil experiments and behavior of the notorious Dr Mengele, one of the most detailed accounts of his actions Her manuscript written in Polish was discovered in 1980 in the Yad Vashem Archives in Jerusalem by Eli Pfefferkorn Eli took it upon herself to try to locate the author to find out what had happened to her After a two year search, she finally located her in Canada She conducted a series of interviews about the author and the history of the manuscript to help put the story in perspective Is is at times repulsive and at others draws you into the daily camp activities from the author s perspective .EPUB ♼ Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land ♪ From the moment I got to Auschwitz I was completely detached I disconnected my heart and intellect in an act of self defense, despair, and hopelessness With these words Sara Nomberg Przytyk begins this painful and compelling account of her experiences while imprisoned for two years in the infamous death camp Writing twenty years after her liberation, she recreates the events of a dark past which, in her own words, would have driven her mad had she tried to relive it sooner But while she records unimaginable atrocities, she also richly describes the human compassion that stubbornly survived despite the backdrop of camp depersonalization and imminent exterminationCommemorative in spirit and artistic in form, Auschwitz convincingly portrays the paradoxes of human nature in extreme circumstances With consummate understatement Nomberg Przytyk describes the behavior of concentration camp inmates as she relentlessly and pitilessly examines her own motives and feelings In this world unmitigated cruelty coexisted with nobility, rapacity with self sacrifice, indifference with selfless compassion This book offers a chilling view of the human drama that existed in AuschwitzFrom her portraits of camp personalities, an extraordinary and horrifying profile emerges of Dr Josef Mengele, whose medical experiments resulted in the slaughter of nearly half a million Jews Nomberg Przytyk s job as an attendant in Mengle s hospital allowed her to observe this Angel of Death firsthand and to provide us with the most complete description to date of his monstrous activitiesThe original Polish manuscript was discovered by Eli Pfefferkorn inin the Yad Vashem Archive in Jerusalem Not knowing the fate of the journal s author, Pfefferkorn spent two years searching and finally located Nomberg Przytyk in Canada Subsequent interviews revealed the history of the manuscript, the author s background, and brought the journal into perspective Read this review andlike it on The Last PageWe all crouched in our bunks, frightened, helpless in the face of the mass murder that was to take place before our very eyes No one cried out, nobody wept Auschwitz True Tales from a Grotesque Land is a powerful collection of vignettes that detail the horrible conditions of concentration camps during the Holocaust Nomberg Przytyk recounts her days working as a clerk in the Auschwitz hospital under the command of the infamous Josef MengeRead this review andlike it on The Last PageWe all crouched in our bunks, frightened, helpless in the face of the mass murder that was to take place before our very eyes No one cried out, nobody wept Auschwitz True Tales from a Grotesque Land is a powerful collection of vignettes that detail the horrible conditions of concentration camps during the Holocaust Nomberg Przytyk recounts her days working as a clerk in the Auschwitz hospital under the command of the infamous Josef Mengele Each of the stories in the collection are a mix of Nomberg Przytyk s experiences and some stories told to her by her fellow prisoners Readers are given a disturbingly intimate look into what daily camp life was like before, during, and at the end of the war.I especially loved the short story format for the purposes of recounting history because it provides a multifaceted view of the Holocaust Nomberg Przytyk s skill at story telling makes these stories feel like fiction, which is what makes the realities of the Holocaust that muchhorrifying It honestly borders on being so inhumane it s unbelievable and it becomes difficult to determine what parts of the stories are fact and which parts are fiction, an issue for a non fiction history book Despite that this is still one of the most important books I had ever read on the subject and it s one I can never forget.Memoirs are one of the most important primary sources that we have for understanding and remembering the Holocaust and the gravity of it s impact on humanity The writing is clear and the language is simple, it is extremely easy to pick up and follow along with, something that I ve had an issue with while reading other memoirs Overall, for those interesting in learningabout the Holocaust or just want to feel awful in general then I highly recommend this book It s eye opening and jarring but is a sobering reminder of the depths of human depravity Auschwitz True Tales From a Grotesque Land by Sara Nomberg Przytyk is a astonishingly powerful book, that takes you into the world of one of the most brutal concentration camps of all time Sara writes how the cruel and deceitful life in the camp was trulyinflicting then anyone could imagine, considering that the people were whipped and gathered into gas chambers In one of the chapters, a girl was put inside one of the gas chamber except she jumped out of the window before the gas was r Auschwitz True Tales From a Grotesque Land by Sara Nomberg Przytyk is a astonishingly powerful book, that takes you into the world of one of the most brutal concentration camps of all time Sara writes how the cruel and deceitful life in the camp was trulyinflicting then anyone could imagine, considering that the people were whipped and gathered into gas chambers In one of the chapters, a girl was put inside one of the gas chamber except she jumped out of the window before the gas was released A lot of people committed suicide because of the horrible life in Auschwitz This book had very interesting stories to not just the physical pain but the mental pain also Sara wrote how the other inmates had hope for awhile until every time that a person tried escaping they would be shot, tortured, or kept in a small chamber to die of starvation Further into the book, the commander of a group of Nazis was over run by a Jewess and shot in the torso, with his own gun Afterward the Jewess and his squad achieved victory for a short amount of time until the cruel fate of death came upon them They were defeated and eaten by search dogs The only positive feel of the camp was the scarce hope, which was usually shot down as well as the person This book was a great read, and I especially suggest it to people that are into WW2 The action is constant and the word choice is grotesque, which reveals the full visual experience you want to see with books I suggest that the age is 13 due to the mass murder of people and the torturing When you re a kid, you read books like The Devil s Arithmetic, and you re horrified at all those things that happened SOOOO long ago After all, when you re a kid, forty years ago is an eternity.And then you grow up, and you realize that WWII wasn t all that long ago The people who were in the concentration camps weren t so different from us I cannot imagine being loaded onto a train and taken to a camp The humility The dehumanization How on earth did any of those people survive How do you When you re a kid, you read books like The Devil s Arithmetic, and you re horrified at all those things that happened SOOOO long ago After all, when you re a kid, forty years ago is an eternity.And then you grow up, and you realize that WWII wasn t all that long ago The people who were in the concentration camps weren t so different from us I cannot imagine being loaded onto a train and taken to a camp The humility The dehumanization How on earth did any of those people survive How do you go back to normal life The older I get, theI just cannot understand how these atrocities happened The total disregard for human life As much as I can t imagine being the victim, I also cannot imagine being one of the perpetrators We all have prejudices against certain people, whether it s based in race, culture, class, or sexual preferences It s human nature to view people who are different from us with a critical eye I cannot imagine for a second ever despising a group of people so much that I could participate in their extermination How does that happen How does one decide, yeah, that s what I want to do with my life I ve read a lot of books about the Holocaust, andthan any other, this novel brought so many characters to life The writing was matter of fact, not overly emotional or dramatic Sara Nomberg just stated what happened I will be deeply affected by this book for a long time to come