Hermann Langbein was allowed to know and see extraordinary things forbidden to other Auschwitz inmates. Interned at Auschwitz in 1942 and classified as a non-Jewish political prisoner, he was assigned as clerk to the chief SS physician of the extermination camp complex, which gave him access to documents, conversations, and actions that would have remained unknown to histoHermann Langbein was allowed to know and see extraordinary things forbidden to other Auschwitz inmates. Interned at Auschwitz in 1942 and classified as a non-Jewish political prisoner, he was assigned as clerk to the chief SS physician of the extermination camp complex, which gave him access to documents, conversations, and actions that would have remained unknown to history were it not for his witness and his subsequent research. Also a member of the Auschwitz resistance, Langbein sometimes found himself in a position to influence events, though at his peril. "People in Auschwitz" is very different from other works on the most infamous of Nazi annihilation centers. Langbein's account is a scrupulously scholarly achievement intertwining his own experiences with quotations from other inmates, SS guards and administrators, civilian industry and military personnel, and official documents. Whether his recounting deals with captors or inmates, Langbein analyzes the events and their context objectively, in an unemotional style, rendering a narrative that is unique in the history of the Holocaust. This monumental book helps us comprehend what has so tenaciously challenged understanding....
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Ludzie w Auschwitz Reviews
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.
AMAZING BOOK!!! What I really like about this book is how the author really tries to take a look from both sides of every story, how victims can be killers and killers victims. It also shows how Auschwitz was more like a city and explained a lot more about what went on in concentration camps besides the woeful glimpses we see in movies.
Detailed account of the infamous NAZI death and labor camp written and researched by someone who spent 10 years total in different camps. This is an absolute must read for anyone who wants to know how the NAZI regime set up and used the prisoners against themselves to gain their ends.
To jest... bardzo dobra książka. Trudno nazwać ją "fajną" ze względu na tematykę, a mnie z resztą będą się "podobać" wszystkie książki o tej tematyce, ale ta jest wyjątkowa. Autor nie pisze tylko o sobie, a stara się przedstawić Auschwitz z różnej perspektywy i do tego bardzo obiektywnie. Dlatego (jak na razie) jest to najlepsza i najciekawsza książka o tej tematyce jaką czytałem!Jak sam mówi, skupił się najbardziej na wyjątkach, a więc na "nieludzkich" więźniach (ale czyż można być ludzkim, gdy okoliczności są nieludzkie?), oraz na "ludzkich" SS-manach. Całkiem sporo było tych "ludzkich". Choć proporcjonalnie wychodzi na to, że to jedynie garstka (1%). Byli też zachowujący się różnie. To mi uświadomiło, że człowiek nigdy nie jest tylko "dobry" albo tylko "zły" - to by było za proste."Nie ma nic bardziej fałszywego niż prosty podział na czarne i białe.""Żaden człowiek nie wytrzyma psychicznie tego, że jest bez żadnych ograniczeń panem życia i śmierci."Dowiedziałem się z tej książki wielu rzeczy, o których jeszcze nie miałem pojęcia! Uświadomiło mi to jak wiele jeszcze nie wiem o Auschwitz... i nie przestaje mnie zaskakiwać..."Byli tacy, którzy mogli pić w Auschwitz szampana, a z drugiej strony nikt nie wiedział rano, jak dzień się zakończy.W Auschwitz nie było nic niewyobrażalnego, żadna skrajność zbyt jaskrawa. Wszystko było możliwe, dosłownie wszystko."
Langbein surveys the various types of people in Auschwitz, the various conditions they found themselves in at Auschwitz and the various types of reactions to those conditions. He compiles excerpts from personal testimonies, published works, his own personal experiences, facts and figures from the Auschwitz archives and testimonies at various Nazi war crime trials.I think I would not recommend it as a first book on the Holocaust because it analyses what happened there rather than relates it as such and I think the author was assuming some previous exposure to survivors' accounts. But if like me, having read some survivors accounts you want to understand more, this book has lots of food for thought. I read it because Primo Levi includes an excerpt from it in his work The Search For Roots: A Personal Anthology. Levi says it is "a book that is dear to me" (The Search for Roots, p.207) I downloaded the book from archive.org:
This book was recommended in one of the "Bookmarks" magazine's issues of either: (Nov/ Dec 2007) or (Jan/ Feb 2008).
first 20 pages i didn't quite liked it. now i'm just glad i made the effort. loving it so far