The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story by Patricia Posner

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story

byPatricia Posner

Kobo ebook | January 18, 2017

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"Shocking. Revelatory. Compelling. A truly authentic and riveting read. A milestone in WWII and Holocaust history."-- Damien Lewis, author: The Nazi Hunters

A harrowing, beautifully written and extremely well-researched account of a little-known aspect of the Holocaust. Patricia Posner's fine prose style grips from page one, and the horror will stay with you long after you finish the book." -- Andrew Roberts, author: The Storm of War

"A gruesome story, eloquently told." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Posner avoids sensationalism and gives us a harrowing and important read." -- Jewish Renaissance

"Posner's book doubles as the spellbinding story of Nazi Germany's largest industrial conglomerate, I.G. Farben . . . [and] in one important way, her book is a celebration of a rare kind of heroism. Its compelling side story offers an in-depth profile of Nazi hunter Fritz Bauer, who proved relentless in hunting down Capesius and bringing him to justice." -- Dallas Morning News

"The research is impeccable . . . The prose is clear and concise . . . Good for you, Patricia Posner, for documenting a story that really is not yet over. This is a gripping read. Highly recommended." -- miamiartzine

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz.

Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius s reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, fueled in part by his theft of gold ripped from the mouths of corpses, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder twenty years after the end of the war.

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is much more, though, than a personal account of Capesius. It provides a spellbinding glimpse inside the devil s pact made between the Nazis and Germany s largest conglomerate, I.G. Farben, and its Bayer pharmaceutical subsidiary. The story is one of murder and greed with its roots in the dark heart of the Holocaust. It is told through Nazi henchmen and industrialists turned war criminals, intelligence agents and zealous prosecutors, and intrepid concentration camp survivors and Nazi hunters.

Set against a backdrop ranging from Hitler s war to conquer Europe to the Final Solution to postwar Germany s tormented efforts to confront its dark past, Posner shows the appalling depths to which ordinary men descend when they are unrestrained by conscience or any sense of morality. The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is a moving saga that lingers long after the final page.

Title:The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold StoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 18, 2017Publisher:Crux Publishing LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1909979406

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting throughout. This looks at 3 aspects of the Concentration camps: Victor Capesius & his role, Big Business and the Judicial system after the war. All sections were very interesting. This book shows how the war changed ordinary people into believing they were above others. It seems to have happened slowly, with opportunity and situation. Not only Victor but many others lost their perspective and became something less than fully human. They lost a consciousness that is difficult to image losing. This book also brought to the eye the interwoven relationship of Big Business with the Nazi Organization of genocide. This was shocking. It makes me look differently at Bayer and it's aspirins. The discussion of the judicial system after the war and the difficulties of trials was also a good read. All in all, a very interesting story of an ordinary, cowardly man who would have moved through life unnoticed and seeing him turn himself into a cold, callous, opportunistic killer of men & women.
Date published: 2018-08-22