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By John Wiernicki

1943: Polish underground fighter John Wiernicki is captured and overwhelmed by means of the Gestapo, then shipped to Auschwitz. during this chilling memoir, Wiernicki, a Gentile, info "life" within the notorious loss of life camp, and his conflict to outlive, bodily and morally, within the face of utter evil.
the writer starts by way of remembering his aristocratic early life, an idyllic time shattered via German invasion. the resultant darkish days of career could fireplace the adolescent Wiernicki with a burning wish to serve Poland, a reason that led him to valiant motion and eventual arrest.
As a tender non-Jew, Wiernicki was once acutely delicate to the depravity and injustice that engulfed him at Auschwitz. He bears witness to the harrowing choice and extermination of Jews doomed by way of delivery to the gasoline chambers, to savage camp rules, brutal SS medical professionals, and rampant corruption with the process. He notes the variation in remedy among Jews and non-Jews. And he relives nervous unforeseen encounters with infamous "Angels of Death": Josef Mengele and Heinz Thilo.
battle within the Shadow of Auschwitz is a crucial old and private record. Its brilliant portrait of prewar and wartime Poland, and of German focus camps, offers an important addition to the turning out to be physique of testimony by way of gentile survivors and a heartfelt contribution to fostering comprehension and understanding.

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