I bought Laurence Rees’ Auschwitz when I visited the site on a holiday to krakow in summer 2012 and it had sat on myself uncompleted until this year. The fact that it took me so long to finish this book was two fold:
- the subject matter,
- this book is dense.
Obviously this book would never be an easy read.
Eventually I made it though it, rees’ matter of fact style can be difficult to swallow at times. However, all in all I think it is an incredibly important book for people to read – purely to educate themselves on the subject matter.
The book brought back many emotions from visiting Auschwitz nearly 6 years ago. While visiting the site gave a solid emotional understand of the events, reading (what is in many way a textbook on the subject) allowed my academic understanding of the events to grow.
This is a tough but important book to read, you will cry.