“For anyone wanting a brief and reliable explanation of how Auschwitz evolved into the epicentre of Nazi mass-killing, this superb, concise book is essential” IAN KERSHAW
At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends. In Sybille Steinbacher’s book the reader is led through the process by which something unthinkable to any European in the 1930s became a sprawling, industrial reality. How Auschwitz grew and mutated, and how it was allowed to happen, is something everyone needs to understand.
“Truly outstanding… Auschwitz will illuminate the way the complex operated as an industrial centre even to readers who already know the litany of transports, selections and executions.” Independent
“Steinbacher’s brief but powerful study chronicles the depredations of the camp in the dispassionate tones of a courtroom testimonial.” Guardian
“A powerful account.” Sunday Times