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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Jewish Doctor in Auschwitz

Jake highly recommends this book. Here's the description from Amazon:

A Jewish Doctor in Auschwitz : The Testimony of Sima Vaisman

Written just days after her liberation but not discovered by her family until 50 years later, this riveting manuscript by Sima Vaisman, a Jew who suffered the worst of Nazi persecution, first fleeing the Nazis as they invaded her native Poland, then escaping to Paris only to be arrested and deported to Auschwitz, is her story of being a doctor forced to work in the hospital run by the infamous "Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele.

Told in detached, clinical language that holds nothing back, this gripping memoir provides key information and chilling details about how the infamous death camps worked—revealing, for example, how the lethal gas was actually administered by two Nazis in early-version chemical suits in the death chambers. Vaisman also shares the details of her liberation when the camp was captured by the Russian army, as well as her return to Paris, where she subsequently said little about her testimony until her family discovered it.

Her story is supplemented by a moving foreword by famed Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, who gives her account a full historical context. The author's cousin, famed fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, herself the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, provides a moving afterword that gives a stirring portrait of the Vaisman she knew.

About the Author:
Sima Vaisman was a medical doctor and Auschwitz survivor.

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