Mikamuro Moreover, Langbein belonged to the Museum Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau and worked on the redesign of the exhibition. Explore the Home Gift Guide. After conflicts with the party, Langbein moved to Budapestwhere he edited German-language radio broadcasts in Hungarian broadcasting. Hermann Langbein — Wikipedia If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article.
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Shelves: favorites , holocaust , memoir , research-stuff , non-fiction , wwii-non-fiction Ive read a lot of Holocaust memoirs and studies in the course of my life but never before have I come across anything as objective and detailed as H. Langbeins People in Auschwitz. Langbein, according to his own admission, had a certain advantage over other historians: he was a former Auschwitz inmate himself, and therefore not only he had his own memories to rely on but he also could interview multiple survivors while working on this study and create what is perhaps the most detailed account of Auschwitz that exists so far.
What I appreciated the most in this particular study was the objectivity of it. One has to give it to Langbein, not taking sides while speaking about as personal an experience as Auschwitz was, must have been extremely difficult yet he completed the task admirably. By separating the book into two parts - the inmates and the jailers - he paints a realistic picture of what life was like not only for ones incarcerated there but for the perpetrators as well.
He also talks about the jailers and their types - the sadistic ones who took pleasure in beating and murdering the inmates, and the ones who risked their own lives to help the inmates and got executed for it.
The amount of research that went into this study is truly astounding and worth separate praise. If one is serious about studying the Holocaust and Auschwitz, this book should definitely be on their must-read list.
In that position, Langbein was able to observe the camp from both a macro and micro perspective. I am writing a play that includes Auschwitz as background, so a lot of what I am currently reading has to do with the Holocaust in general and this camp in particular.
He was not Jewish, and he constantly reminds the reader that his position was privileged. That being said, he was threatened with execution at least twice, and only escaped because Wirths protected him. Langbein is grateful to Wirths, who committed suicide after his arrest, but Langbein also records the fact that Wirths did human experimentation though not on the scale of fellow camp doctor Joseph Mengele.
The book attempts to record what life was like in Auschwitz. What makes it particularly useful? Langbein documents everything he can about the entire population, including inmates and guards, civilians who came into contact with inmate workers at places like IG Farben and Siemens, family members, etc.
He is incredibly thorough, and remarkably dispassionate. This does not mean he refrains from judgment, or moral outrage. But he does offer insights into why Auschwitzers did what they did, whether good or evil and I am not sure that Langbein sees many people who were uniformly "good". I suppose all of us have wondered how we would have behaved as citizens during the Third Reich. An ideological point of view. Greed the discussion of Canada, the name given to the sorting area for items left behind by gassed Jews after transport is particularly harrowing.
All of this is useful to me as I write my play. But this book should be required reading, particularly as the West begins to slide towards nationalism again. Highly, highly recommend. What I really like about this book is how the author really tries to take a look from both sides of every story, how victims can be killers and killers victims.
It also shows how Auschwitz was more like a city and explained a lot more about what went on in concentration camps besides the woeful glimpses we see in movies. This is a book that talks about the groups of people in the camp as well as some individuals. It takes a look at the overall composite of the camp.
Not only does he talk about the prisoners but he talks about the jailers. The dynamics of the camp changed as it grew and as the war shifted gears. Langbein writes in such a manner that we get the full impact of the camp without dwelling on the atrocities. These must be mentioned to tall the entire truth. He humanizes the jailers by presenting them as human beings gone wrong.
He continues talking about them through the liberation to after the war. He covers a great deal of information in such a short time. This is not a book to be read quickly but to be read and thought about- objectively if possible. This is one of those books which teachers and learners of the Holocaust must read.
I learned so much about the camp and its corruption of the human spirit. Langbein also is quite conscious of not drawing generalisations while allowing the facts to speak for themselves. Truly a book worth reading for anyone who is interested in that unimaginable place and time. This is an absolute must read for anyone who wants to know how the NAZI regime set up and used the prisoners against themselves to gain their ends.
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