By Miklos Nyiszli, Tibere Kremer, Richard Seaver, Bruno Bettelheim
“The top short account of the Auschwitz event available.”—The ny overview of BooksWhen the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they despatched almost the total Jewish inhabitants to Auschwitz. A Jew and a physician, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli used to be spared from loss of life for a grimmer destiny: to accomplish “scientific study” on his fellow inmates below the supervision of the notorious “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was once named Mengele’s own study pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to offer this terrifying and sobering account.
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Miklos Nyiszli, had ceased to exist; henceforth I would be, merely, KZ prisoner Number A 8450. ” III FOR THE MOMENT MY SITUATION WAS tolerable. Dr. Mengele expected me to perform the work of a physician. I would probably be sent to some German city as a replacement for a German doctor who had been drafted into military service, and whose functions had included pathology and forensic medicine. Moreover, I was filled with hope by the fact that, by Dr. Mengele’s orders, I had not been issued a prisoner’s burlap, but an excellent suit of civilian clothes.
Anne could have had a good chance to survive, as did many Jewish children in Holland. But for that she would have had to be separated from her parents and gone to live with a Dutch family as their own child. Everybody who recognized the obvious knew that the hardest way to go underground was to do it as a family; that to hide as a family made detection by the SS most likely. The Franks, with their excellent connections among gentile Dutch families should have had an easy time hiding out singly, each with a different family.
My nose, then my throat, were filled with the nauseating odor of burning flesh and scorched hair. —Plenty of food for thought there. But meanwhile the second phase of selection had begun. In single file, men, women, children, the aged, had to pass before the selection committee. Dr. Mengele, the medical “selector,” made a sign. They lined up again in two groups. The left-hand column included the aged, the crippled, the feeble, and women with children under fourteen. The right-hand column consisted entirely of able-bodied men and women: those able to work.