Dr. Mengele boncolóorvosa voltam az auschwitzi krematóriumban (I was Dr Mengele's autopsy doctor at the Auschwitz crematorium)
by Dr. Nyiszli Miklós
Debrecen: NP, 1947. First edition. Softcover. g+ to vg. Octavo. 165, pp. Original illustrated dust-jacket. Originally published in a serialized form from February 16, 1947, through April 5, 1947, in the Hungarian newspaper "Világ" ("The World"), this powerful work is the extremely rare first book edition of Dr. Nyiszli's autobiography. Dr. Nyiszli was an Hungarian Jewish physician prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Him, his wife, and young daughter, were transported there in June 1944. On arrival, Nyiszli volunteered himself as a doctor and was sent to work at number 12 barracks where he operated on and tried to help the ill with only the most basic medical supplies and tools. There, he was under the supervision of Josef Mengele, an SS officer and physician who decided, after observing Nyiszli's skills, to move him to a specially built autopsy and operating theatre. The room had been built inside Crematorium II (Crematorium I being in Auschwitz Town camp), and Nyiszli, along with members of the 12th Sonderkommando, was housed there. As an extremely important eyewitness*, Nyiszli relates to the "medical experiments" performed by Mengele and his team. His gruesome descriptions, very vivid and realistic, depict the cruelty and the sadism of the SS-physicians, who only sought to promote their own careers. The book also provides a lot of integral information about the daily life and death of the Sonderkommando-prisoners, about their relations with the SS-crew in the Crematorium, and about their attempts to help other prisoners with food and other items which they were able to collect in the undressing-rooms.Minor age-toning, rubbing and creasing to wrappers. Pages slightly age-toned throughout. Text in Hungarian. Wrappers in overall good+, interior in very good condition. * As an important witness Nyiszli travelled to the Nuremberg Trials and offered on September 8, 1947 his deposition to one of the interrogators in the Medical Trials, Benvenuto von Halle. By 1948, he could no longer practice as a private doctor. He died of a heart attack on May 5, 1956 in Oradea, Romania.
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