The Druggist of Auschwitz
A Documentary Novel by Dieter Schlesak
- Published: Sep 23, 2020
Dieter Schlesak's haunting novel The Druggist of Auschwitzbeautifully translated from the German by John Hargravesis a frighteningly vivid portrayal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of criminal and victim alike. Adam, known as "the last... read more
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- Exact title of the book
- The Druggist of Auschwitz
- Book author
- Dieter Schlesak
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Apr 26, 2011
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- 3456 kB
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Dieter Schlesak's haunting novel The Druggist of Auschwitzbeautifully translated from the German by John Hargravesis a frighteningly vivid portrayal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of criminal and victim alike. Adam, known as "the last Jew of Schburg," recounts with disturbing clarity his imprisonment at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Through Adam's fictional narrative and excerpts of actual testimony from the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial of 196365, we come to learn of the true-life story of Dr. Victor Capesius, who, despite strong friendships with Jews before the war, quickly aided in and profited from their tragedy once the Nazis came to power.
Interspersed with historical research and the author's face-to-face interviews with survivors, the novel follows Capesius from his assignment as the "sorter" of new arrivals at Auschwitzdeciding who will go directly to the gas chamber and who will be used for laborthrough his life of lavish wealth after the war to his arrest and eventual trial. Schlesak's seamless incorporation of factual data and testimonywoven into Adam's dreamlike remembrance of a world turned upside downmakes The Druggist of Auschwitz a vital and unique addition to our understanding of the Holocaust.
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