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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' reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder 20 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, IG Farben, and its Bayer pharmaceutical subsidiary. The story is one of murder and greed, with its roots in the dark heart of the Holocaust.
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.
Contains mature themes.
©2017 Patricia Posner (P)2017 Tantor
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"A gruesome story eloquently told." ( Kirkus)
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By Clare on 31-08-2017

Sad story, amazing book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The subject matter is quite unpleasant and sad but an important part of history.

Would recommend this book to history nerds that like investigating a little deeper. The parts of the book that deal with the trials and legal proceedings are especially interesting.

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By Cassandra on 25-01-2018

Fascinating and Repulsive

I've read at least a dozen books about this subject and this one is for sure not for the faint of heart. A gripping lost tidbit of history. Finished in less than a day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 23-03-2018

Painful but eye opening

You will learn things that you probably never knew. Bayer (the aspirin company) was a major contributor of the chemicals that killed innocent people, including children and women. The atrocities perpetrated by this man and others is not sugar coated. Is the book worth reading? Absolutely!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Timms on 05-04-2018

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I found this book fascinating and well researched. Some of the pronunciations in both English and German distracted - especially that of “Mengele”. However, it adds to the narrative of the holocaust and can thus be recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 30-03-2018

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz.

A very good book, I listened too it in one night and found it well researched.

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