By the spring of 1945, the Second World War was drawing to a close in Europe. Allied troops were sweeping through Nazi Germany and discovering the atrocities of SS concentration camps. The first to be reached intact was Buchenwald, in central Germany. American soldiers struggled to make sense of the shocking scenes they witnessed inside. They ...Read MoreBy the spring of 1945, the Second World War was drawing to a close in Europe. Allied troops were sweeping through Nazi Germany and discovering the atrocities of SS concentration camps. The first to be reached intact was Buchenwald, in central Germany. American soldiers struggled to make sense of the shocking scenes they witnessed inside. They asked a small group of former inmates to draft a report on the camp. It was led by Eugen Kogon, a German political prisoner who had been an inmate since 1939. "The Theory and Practice of Hell" is his classic account of life inside. Unlike many other books by survivors who published immediately after the war, "The Theory and Practice of Hell" is more than a personal account. It is a horrific examination of life and death inside a Nazi concentration camp, a brutal world of a state within state, and a society without law. But Kogon maintains a dispassionate and critical perspective. He tries to understand how the camp works, to uncover its structure and social organization. He knew that the book would shock some readers and provide others with gruesome fascination. But he firmly believed that he had to show the camp in honest, unflinching detail. The result is a unique historical document--a complete picture of the society, morality, and politics that fueled the systematic torture of six million human beings. For many years, "The Theory and Practice of Hell" remained the seminal work on the concentration camps, particularly in Germany. Reissued with an introduction by Nikolaus Waschmann, a leading Holocaust scholar and author of Hilter's Prisons, this important work now demands to be re-read.Read Less
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a very informative book from someone that actually witnessed much of what happened in the holocaust.
Jun 9, 2009
Disturbing and comprehensive
In saying I would recommend this book to a friend, I would add the caveat "with suitable warning". The content is disturbing and by nature emotionally charged, though Mr Kogon handles his subject, for the most part, as objectively as possible.
It is certainly a subject he knows all too well, having been incarcerated at Buchenwald concentration camp. He is thus well placed to assess the testimony of other survivors, and the material presented in this book is the result of careful collation and cross referencing on his part.
Amazingly, I have seen a reviewer of this book argue that Mr Kogon's depiction of SS officers and Noncoms as unintelligent borders on being "libellous". Leaving aside the obvious fatuity of this argument, many authors (notably William Schirer) have pointed out that the Nazi hierarchy, with its strongly anti-intellectual bent, was never drawn from the "brightest and the best", whilst brutality begat further brutality, amongst both the guards and some of the inmates.
Overall, this is a disturbing, often sickening study of something the world would do well to remember. Amongst the filth, some gems of human bravery do shine and are carefully related.
Worthwhile reading, though one of the most unpleasant books I have ever picked up.
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