Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli, Tibere Kremer, Richard Seaver, Bruno

By Miklos Nyiszli, Tibere Kremer, Richard Seaver, Bruno Bettelheim

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they despatched nearly the total Jewish inhabitants to Auschwitz. A Jew and a physician, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was once spared from demise for a grimmer destiny: to accomplish “scientific study” on his fellow inmates less than the supervision of the notorious “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli used to be named Mengele’s own learn pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to provide this terrifying and sobering account.

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We drove a few hundred yards farther along the main road of the camp, which was bounded on either side by barracks, then stopped again in front of a building which was in better shape than the others. ” Inside several people, with deep, intelligent eyes and refined faces, wearing the uniform of prisoners, sat working at their desks. They immediately rose and came to attention. Dr. Mengele crossed to one of them, a man of about fifty, whose head was shaved clean. Since I was standing a few steps behind the Obersturmführer, it was impossible for me to hear what they were saying.

He snapped to attention and made his report, giving a muster of those men under his command. Next it was the turn of the SS to inspect the ranks: they counted the columns and inscribed the numbers in their notebooks. If there were any dead in the barracks—and there were generally five or six a day, sometimes as many as ten—they too had to be present for the inspection. And not only present in name, but physically present, standing, stark naked, supported by two living prisoners until the muster was over.

Levy, professor at the University of Strasbourg; his associate was Dr. Gras, professor at the University of Zagreb; both were excellent practitioners, known throughout Europe for their skill. With practically no medicines, working with defective instruments and in surroundings where the most elementary aseptics and antiseptics were lacking, unmindful of their personal tragedy, unconscious of fatigue and danger, they did their best to care for the sick and ease the sufferings of their fellow men.

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