This learned volume is about as chilling as historiography gets." -Walter Laqueur, The New Republic
... a one-volume study of Auschwitz without peer in Holocaust literature." -Kirkus Reviews
... a comprehensive portrait of the largest and most lethal of the Nazi death camps... serves as a vital contribution to Holocaust studies and a bulwark against forgetting."-Publishers Weekly
More than a million people were murdered at Auschwitz, of whom 90 percent were Jews. Here leading scholars from around the world provide the first comprehensive account of what took place at Auschwitz.
Yisrael Gutman is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at Hebrew University and former Director of the Research Center, Yad Vashem. Michael Berenbaum is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and former Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute.
Contents Preface Contributors Acknowledgements Part 1 A History of the Camp 1.Auschwitz - An Overview / Yisrael Gutman 2.The System of Prisoner Exploitation / Franciszek Piper 3.The Satellite Camps / Shmuel Krakowski 4.The Number of Victims / Franciszek Piper Part II Dimensions of Genocide 5.Auschwitz and the "Final Solution" / Raul Hilberg 6.A Site in Search of a Mission / Robert-Jan Van Pelt 7.Gas Chambers and Crematoria / Franciszek Piper 8.The Machinery of Mass Murder at Auschwitz / Jean-Claude Pressac with Robert-Jan Van Pelt 9.The Plunder of the Victims and Their Corpses / Andrzej Strzelecki Part II The Perpetrators 10.Historical-Sociological Profile of the Auschwitz SS / Aleksander Lasik 11.Rudolf Hoss: Manager of Crime / Aleksander Lasik 12.Nazi Doctors / Robert Jay Lifton and Amy Hackett 13.The Crimes of Josef Mengele / Helena Kubica Part IV The Inmates 14.The Auschwitz Prisoner Administration / Danuta Czech 15.Hospitals / Irena Strzelecka 16.Women / Irena Strzelecka 17.Children / Helena Kubica 18.The Family Camp / Nili Keren 19.Gypsies / Yehuda Bauer 20.Hungarian Jews / Randolph L. Braham 21.Auschwitz - A Psychological Perspective / Leo Eitinger Part V The Resistance 22.The Auschwitz Underground / Hermann Langbein 23.Prisoner Escapes / Henryk Swiebocki 24.Diaries of the Sonderkommando / Nathan Cohen Part VI Auschwitz and the Outside World 25.What Was Known and When / Martin Gilbert 26.The Vrba and Wetzler Report / Miroslav Karny 27.Why Auschwitz Wasn't Bombed / David S. Wyman 28.Postwar Prosecution of the Auschwitz SS / Alexander Lasik 29.The Literature of Auschwitz / Lawrence Langer Index