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Eddy de Wind llega a Auschwitz en 1943 junto a su esposa Friedel. Él es médico y ella enfermera. Allí son separados. Ella queda entre los presos destinados a los crueles experimentos médicos del Dr. Mengele; él al cuidado de los prisioneros políticos polacos. Cuando la guerra está perdida y los nazis huyen del campo con los presos que sobreviven (entre ellos su mujer), Edd Eddy de Wind llega a Auschwitz en 1943 junto a su esposa Friedel. Él es médico y ella enfermera. Allí son separados. Ella queda entre los presos destinados a los crueles experimentos médicos del Dr. Mengele; él al cuidado de los prisioneros políticos polacos. Cuando la guerra está perdida y los nazis huyen del campo con los presos que sobreviven (entre ellos su mujer), Eddy decide esconderse y esperar la llegada de los rusos. Permanece por un tiempo con ellos en el campo y allí empieza a escribir Auschwitz, última parada, donde describe la rutina diaria, las atrocidades de las que ha sido testigo y víctima y la liberación por los rusos. Pero en su texto muestra también su amor y deseo hacia Friedel.


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Eddy de Wind llega a Auschwitz en 1943 junto a su esposa Friedel. Él es médico y ella enfermera. Allí son separados. Ella queda entre los presos destinados a los crueles experimentos médicos del Dr. Mengele; él al cuidado de los prisioneros políticos polacos. Cuando la guerra está perdida y los nazis huyen del campo con los presos que sobreviven (entre ellos su mujer), Edd Eddy de Wind llega a Auschwitz en 1943 junto a su esposa Friedel. Él es médico y ella enfermera. Allí son separados. Ella queda entre los presos destinados a los crueles experimentos médicos del Dr. Mengele; él al cuidado de los prisioneros políticos polacos. Cuando la guerra está perdida y los nazis huyen del campo con los presos que sobreviven (entre ellos su mujer), Eddy decide esconderse y esperar la llegada de los rusos. Permanece por un tiempo con ellos en el campo y allí empieza a escribir Auschwitz, última parada, donde describe la rutina diaria, las atrocidades de las que ha sido testigo y víctima y la liberación por los rusos. Pero en su texto muestra también su amor y deseo hacia Friedel.

30 review for Auschwitz, última parada: Cómo sobreviví al horror 1943-1945

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Written while Eddy de Wind was a prisoner in Auschwitz, this survival story is one that can’t be missed. Like all Holocaust stories, the atrocities are laid bare, and like with most survival stories, there is always hope, hope and humanity. More thoughts to come. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Written while Eddy de Wind was a prisoner in Auschwitz, this survival story is one that can’t be missed. Like all Holocaust stories, the atrocities are laid bare, and like with most survival stories, there is always hope, hope and humanity. More thoughts to come. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    There have been many books written of late about world war II experiences; there are those detailing the lead up to the brutal war, those that discuss the war itself and those that talk about the aftermath but never have I read one which was actually written with a pencil and paper whilst both Eddy de Wind and his wife, Friedel, were imprisoned and put to work at Auschwitz. During His 16 month stay, he recorded the occurrences and his feelings about such incidents and I felt incredibly moved to There have been many books written of late about world war II experiences; there are those detailing the lead up to the brutal war, those that discuss the war itself and those that talk about the aftermath but never have I read one which was actually written with a pencil and paper whilst both Eddy de Wind and his wife, Friedel, were imprisoned and put to work at Auschwitz. During His 16 month stay, he recorded the occurrences and his feelings about such incidents and I felt incredibly moved to be reading his personal account. The fact that he had to create a character, Hans, in order to express his thoughts illustrates just how affected and tormented he felt. This is a deeply moving and disturbing account of Nazi atrocities and one mans struggle to survive. The torturous conditions described made it difficult to read at times but I feel it is a very important book. My heart broke for the separation Eddy and his wife had to endure and I was touched by the small snippets of time they stole together whenever possible. Although this is a terrifying depiction of the great loss of life and what it was like to live under the Nazi regime it does have a powerful and ultimately uplifting message about how with courage and strength you can survive anything. As de Wind recognises the horrors that took place at the camp not only showed the most evil of humanity but the most compassionate and selfless too. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Doubleday for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This book is very hard to read. I love reading historical fiction book about WWII, so I really want to read this book to see how it really was. I found this book had great information in it. It is not a book you can pick up and read quickly. I found reading a little bit everyday help to really take in all the information in it. I won a hardcover of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The only known memoir written by an Auschwitz survivor, whilst still within the camp. This is a true story which the author sadly did not live to see published and appreciated by the world. However, his legacy continues as his book is becoming ever more popular as the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation has passed. This memoir reads almost in a fiction like dialogue, but it is still an intriguing glimpse at the many complexities of camp life. The book also features an afterword discussin The only known memoir written by an Auschwitz survivor, whilst still within the camp. This is a true story which the author sadly did not live to see published and appreciated by the world. However, his legacy continues as his book is becoming ever more popular as the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation has passed. This memoir reads almost in a fiction like dialogue, but it is still an intriguing glimpse at the many complexities of camp life. The book also features an afterword discussing the authors life. Although the book has been translated into English, there are still phrases from other languages without a direct translation. Otherwise, this was an engrossing and thoroughly thought provoking read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Although this story is about one of the most horrific periods in humanity's history, I found it droll and I found it difficult to connect with the author. Its a shame, but after reading many true accounts of WWII I find myself struggling to read books that aren't well written. Although this story is about one of the most horrific periods in humanity's history, I found it droll and I found it difficult to connect with the author. Its a shame, but after reading many true accounts of WWII I find myself struggling to read books that aren't well written.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This was definitely something I usually don't read. It's a description of Eddy de Winds life at Auschwitz and how he survived it. It describes the camp and what it was like to be there and what you had to do to survive. It's different to read someone's story than read about it from school books. This is eye-opening story and worst part for me was the after camp was gone. How people told their stories, what they had seen and done in order to survive, it is awful. Also, I appreciate de Winds reason fo This was definitely something I usually don't read. It's a description of Eddy de Winds life at Auschwitz and how he survived it. It describes the camp and what it was like to be there and what you had to do to survive. It's different to read someone's story than read about it from school books. This is eye-opening story and worst part for me was the after camp was gone. How people told their stories, what they had seen and done in order to survive, it is awful. Also, I appreciate de Winds reason for republishing this book: He was worried of intolerance and political violence waking again in western countries (this was 1980). He wanted to stay alive to tell everyone what really happened, to make sure people knew it was true. Very good book in historical and in educational aspects.

  7. 5 out of 5

    julianne

    This book was written while the author was in Auschwitz, and shows the horrors of the camp. It is in a rash of books about the Holocaust that have been published recently and while informative it is lacking a certain something.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Notes before I start - 1) I feel ridiculous checking the spoilers box, because the Holocaust is a well documented historical fact. At the same time, Eddy's life is not known as well, and so I will leave it to the reader whether they wish to read this review before or not. 2) The book itself is well worth reading. It is not an easy read, it is very emotionally charged, and it is an incredible treasure. 3) I apologize for the length of the review. I chose to use quotes from the book because I feel Notes before I start - 1) I feel ridiculous checking the spoilers box, because the Holocaust is a well documented historical fact. At the same time, Eddy's life is not known as well, and so I will leave it to the reader whether they wish to read this review before or not. 2) The book itself is well worth reading. It is not an easy read, it is very emotionally charged, and it is an incredible treasure. 3) I apologize for the length of the review. I chose to use quotes from the book because I feel that Eddy's words have power that can never be replicated in summation. When I started reading this recollection of life in Auschwitz, I did not realize that it was written in the third person - Eddy de Wind found that he simply could not relate these agonizingly painful and fresh experiences in a first person narrative. In many ways this made the book easier to read because an artificial emotional distance was created between the reader and the narrative voice. There are certain moments in the book, however, where this distance vanishes with the power of a thousand exploding suns, when the reader is reminded that the author was describing a hell that he personally experienced: "Anyway, that evening a few more of us were sick." De Wind had a deep understanding of the horror of concentration camps that served as both extermination centers and forced labor camps that wrung every last drop of effort out of the people they sought to destroy: "No, Auschwitz was more than torment writ large. With its factories and mines it was an important part of the Upper Silesian industrial area and its workers were cheaper than anywhere else in the world. They didn't need any pay and they ate almost nothing. And then, when they were exhausted and fell victim to the gas chamber, there were still enough Jews and political opponents in Europe to make up the numbers yet again." The psychological horror inflicted on the prisoners followed them all the way through complete physical infirmity because "[i]t's a law of nutrition that, even when wasting away, the heart, brain, and organs maintain their normal weight the longest. As a result, most of them were all too aware of what was happening to them." Having studied the Holocaust and concentration camps from that and other eras, I am well familiar with the concept of gallows humor that often developed among the prisoners. It is, nevertheless, always jarring to hear it related by a survivor. One notable example here is an offhand comment that: "Arbeit macht frei... Krematorium drei!" (Work will set you free... [in] crematorium three!) Likewise, it seems inconceivable to hear a stint of hard labor that nearly led to de Wind's demise referred to as an "adventure." Without resorting to gallows humor and light-hearted references to their inhumane circumstances, people imprisoned in these camps of horrors would likely have given in to their despair and perished from this world. At the same time, "after years in concentration camps even the best of people develop their own 'sense of justice.'" After all, "[r]esistance, even a show of pity, would have been pointless suicide." It is in such recurrent narratives about the dual reality of being tortured and having to accept that choices must be made that can lead to torture and/or death for others, that de Wind started what would become his life's work - learning to process and help others process the trauma resulting from concentration camp imprisonment. However, de Wind drew a sharp distinction between the prisoners would had to learn to survive by giving up a measure of their humanity, and the Nazis who suppressed their own humanity in the name of the ideals they adopted. When speaking about Nazis who sometimes made kind decisions, he told Friedel that: "I don't think that's a point in their favor. On the contrary. The youngsters have been raised in the spirit of blood and soil. They don't know any better. But those older ones, like the Lagerarzt, show through those minor acts that they still harbor a remnant of their upbringing. They didn't learn this inhumanity from an early age and had no need to embrace it. That's why they're guiltier than the young Nazi sheep, who have never known better." This condemnation becomes all the more powerful because it is directed at Josef Mengele, who showed through acts of interceding on the behalf of Eddy and Friedel on 2 separate occasions, that he fully understood and was capable of humane behavior. This narrative of one man's experiences is an incredible historical account of a dark stain on human history. It should become required reading for students, alongside Maus. Together, the two works form a powerful picture of life under the bootheel of the German Reich.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    “It is, to me, the ultimate Holocaust testimony” author Heather Morris. It is the ONLY complete testimony to date written inside Auschwitz. Last Sop Auschwitz is an incredible account of life in one history’s darkest times. Rightly or wrongly, I continue to devour books set during this time, the second world war, so it was no surprise that I bought this as soon as it hit the shelves. The writer of this account is Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, Eddy de Wind. In 1943, De Wind volunteered to work in “It is, to me, the ultimate Holocaust testimony” author Heather Morris. It is the ONLY complete testimony to date written inside Auschwitz. Last Sop Auschwitz is an incredible account of life in one history’s darkest times. Rightly or wrongly, I continue to devour books set during this time, the second world war, so it was no surprise that I bought this as soon as it hit the shelves. The writer of this account is Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, Eddy de Wind. In 1943, De Wind volunteered to work in a labour camp, known as Westerbork, in the Netherlands. It was here in this transit camp to Auschwitz and Bergen- Belsen, De Wind met a nurse, his soon to be wife, Friedel. That same year, husband wife, found themselves being separated in Auschwitz. Finding ways to see one another and be together, albeit briefly, it is two more years before Auschwitz is liberated. This is no fairy tale ending though. Through unfortunate circumstances, Eddy was left behind when Friedel was forced with to leave Auschwitz. Joining the Russian liberators, De Wind stayed for another three months to treat the survivors and Russian soldiers. During the night, he wrote his account of life as a prisoner, changing his name to Hans. No review can do this justice as it needs to be read to be fully appreciated. There were many moments, both horrific and hopeful, I have taken away from this memoir that will stay with me for a long time. It is also a reminder of the greatest and harshest moments in time that the human race is capable of. Personally, this is one of the few books that I can see myself reading again to remind myself of all that I should be grateful for in this new decade in the 21st century.

  10. 5 out of 5

    donna craig

    i was so disappointed in this book .i had been looking forward to reading but it took me ages to read it was so slow and quite boring .i have read similar books and enjoyed them but not this one

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharen

    The authenticity, experiences and horrors of Eddy de Wind's accounts are crucial to the history of Auschwitz and that unfathomable time. This book is not a re-telling of his time spent there done months or many years later. It is taken directly from his notebook that he wrote in while at camp weeks following the Red Army's liberation. I also appreciated the notes at the end of the book on the author, the text and insight from the translator. It really brought things together even more. ..."they h The authenticity, experiences and horrors of Eddy de Wind's accounts are crucial to the history of Auschwitz and that unfathomable time. This book is not a re-telling of his time spent there done months or many years later. It is taken directly from his notebook that he wrote in while at camp weeks following the Red Army's liberation. I also appreciated the notes at the end of the book on the author, the text and insight from the translator. It really brought things together even more. ..."they had a task, a purpose in life that bound them. They had to shout out what they experienced. They felt that they were the apostles of a vengeance so thorough that barbarism would be exterminated on Earth forever, a vengeance that would purify the world and open it up to a new humanism." This is a remarkable and important memoir that exposes countless acts of evil and goodness. The will to survive and the ability to love and care for others even when under such distress is eye-opening and touching.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Last Stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind was first published January 1st 1946. I am so glad I had a chance to read and review. I found it a hard book to read but so glad I read it. So you will need Tissues and a Lots of them! It will be a book that will be with me a very long time. I would highly recommend it to people who want to know and and read more about this terrible time in the Second World War. This book is a true story about a prisoner Eddy De Wind: the author is a real-time record of his lif Last Stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind was first published January 1st 1946. I am so glad I had a chance to read and review. I found it a hard book to read but so glad I read it. So you will need Tissues and a Lots of them! It will be a book that will be with me a very long time. I would highly recommend it to people who want to know and and read more about this terrible time in the Second World War. This book is a true story about a prisoner Eddy De Wind: the author is a real-time record of his life of the daily struggle to survive. Eddy was a Dutch doctor and a psychiatrist who was shipped to Auschwitz with his wife Friedel. They met and married at Westerbork labour camp in Netherlands. They never spent much time together but found odd moments where they stole time for a brief embrace before they were caught by the guards. They were moved to Auschwitz, this was their last stop as prisoner's, they made it through the brutal selection process and they were both put to work. This work was brutal but they had to work hard to survive. Eddy found a notebook and a pencil, he began to write his life whilst they were a prisoner of war. He had to hide to write his experiences and hoped this notebook would never be found by the guards. I do agree there has been a lot of books out or have been rewritten about about world war II experiences; Auschwitz etc and I am glad the Publishers and Authors have done this. We should never forget what happened all those years ago......and it should be remembered in our life time and especially taught in schools and colleges etc. Big Thank you to Doubleday, netgalley and the author for an ARC for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Haynes

    This is such an enlightening read. To see the perspective of the camp and the systematic cruel treatment of the Jew's from inside the perspective of someone who was in the camp, written while the events were fresh is an eye opening experience. We all know of the atrocities but rarely get a glimpse inside the minds of those in the camps. I recommend this book as a read for anyone. It is a great learning tool into humanity and how actions of a few can effect many. Given the state of the world at t This is such an enlightening read. To see the perspective of the camp and the systematic cruel treatment of the Jew's from inside the perspective of someone who was in the camp, written while the events were fresh is an eye opening experience. We all know of the atrocities but rarely get a glimpse inside the minds of those in the camps. I recommend this book as a read for anyone. It is a great learning tool into humanity and how actions of a few can effect many. Given the state of the world at the moment, I don't get as much time to read as I am trying to keep my bills paid but I did find this book to be a very inspirational book on being a better person to others and their situations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janette Schofield

    I couldn't put this book down, Eddy's account of life in Auschwitz, whilst in the camp, was really hard to read at times. There was a few moments where I had to pause from reading as I couldn't comprehend what life must have been like. I did find the hope and love between himself and Friedel a really interesting aspect. Those brief moments of happiness that they had together during this awful time really did show that there can be light in the darkest of times. This book will stick with me for a I couldn't put this book down, Eddy's account of life in Auschwitz, whilst in the camp, was really hard to read at times. There was a few moments where I had to pause from reading as I couldn't comprehend what life must have been like. I did find the hope and love between himself and Friedel a really interesting aspect. Those brief moments of happiness that they had together during this awful time really did show that there can be light in the darkest of times. This book will stick with me for a long time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aby Rose

    The afterword of this memoir is by John Boyne (the author of The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas) and the following two quotes summarise this memoir by Eddy de Wind... "A unique insight into a tragedy that, more than any other event, defines the twentieth century." "I've found myself astonished by how deeply the daily events of camp life emblazoned themselves on the minds of the survivors, scorched into their collective memories with as much indiscriminate savagery as the tattoos carved into their arms" I The afterword of this memoir is by John Boyne (the author of The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas) and the following two quotes summarise this memoir by Eddy de Wind... "A unique insight into a tragedy that, more than any other event, defines the twentieth century." "I've found myself astonished by how deeply the daily events of camp life emblazoned themselves on the minds of the survivors, scorched into their collective memories with as much indiscriminate savagery as the tattoos carved into their arms" I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who wants to read into the subject of the Holocaust.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Taylor

    Reminded me of The Last Tattoo Artist... It tells of the horrors that this Dr. & wife went through during the war and how many were killed. The torture and desegregation of thousands of human beings. The last 2 chapters are the authors notes; explaining some things I don't want to spoil. Reminded me of The Last Tattoo Artist... It tells of the horrors that this Dr. & wife went through during the war and how many were killed. The torture and desegregation of thousands of human beings. The last 2 chapters are the authors notes; explaining some things I don't want to spoil.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Cooper

    What an amazing read. The horrors that these people went through and still found the courage to keep going. The odd German word within the text but translations are in the back of the book, it doesn’t spoil the read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angelique Simonsen

    This is an intelligently written memoir and because it was written so close to the end of the war the recollections are fresh and there is no real mulling over of things, just straight talking.

  19. 5 out of 5

    AV

    "We know that death can come to us here in different forms. He can come as an honourable foe that a doctor can fight. Even is this death has base allies - hunger, cold, fleas and lice - it remains a natural death that can be classified according to an official cause. But he won't come to us like that. He will come to us just as he came to those millions who have preceded us here. When he comes, he will almost certainly be stealthy and invisible, almost odourless even." This was my 3rd Holocaust r "We know that death can come to us here in different forms. He can come as an honourable foe that a doctor can fight. Even is this death has base allies - hunger, cold, fleas and lice - it remains a natural death that can be classified according to an official cause. But he won't come to us like that. He will come to us just as he came to those millions who have preceded us here. When he comes, he will almost certainly be stealthy and invisible, almost odourless even." This was my 3rd Holocaust read this year (5th overall) and truth be told, with every new Holocaust book, I'm falling short of words that I can put to review these. The lingering feeling always is my words won't be able to do justice to the experiences contained in the book and nothing that I’m gonna write will come out any different to the reviews I’ve written before. And I presume the situation must be similar to most other people into Holocaust reads. You're pretty much always aware of what you're gonna find in these, yet due to some indescribable reason, you always look forward to picking the next Holocaust book. All the Holocaust books has some kind of uniqueness that no other talks about and in the case of Last Stop Auschwitz, it was the brief snippets of the life of women in the camp, the barbaric and harrowing experiments carried out on them and how it was much more difficult for them to survive as compared to men, being confined in a single building rounded of by electric wires. (And this has gotten me to explore female authored Holocaust reads as well henceforth) This was also a much more detailed account of the specifics of the daily camp life and the author being a nurse, had access to a lot of information from inside the camps. Something that I’d love to read more on is the post-liberation psychological aspect of the survivors (I’m all ears for any recommendations). I’m yet to get my head around how people, even after liberation, continued to psychologically struggle, affecting both themselves and their relationships. At the end, one thing I feel is common for all the survivors - they all survived purely because they got lucky!! Otherwise, you could never really imagine Josef Mengele helping a Jew without any vested interests. A (non) ever-lasting love. Some near-death experiences. A gripping tale. And the hope for light.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erik Surewaard

    NOTE: after having written my review, I have been approached by a family member of the author. This with the following statement (dutch): “ Ik verdenk je dan ook van onheuse motieven. Vertel eens, ben je een zogenaamde holocaust denier?” English translation: “I suspect you of unjust motives. Tell me, are you a so-called holocaust denier?” Unacceptable in my opinion. This because my review apparently wasn’t what he liked to read... So be aware that this may happen in case you write a review that isn NOTE: after having written my review, I have been approached by a family member of the author. This with the following statement (dutch): “ Ik verdenk je dan ook van onheuse motieven. Vertel eens, ben je een zogenaamde holocaust denier?” English translation: “I suspect you of unjust motives. Tell me, are you a so-called holocaust denier?” Unacceptable in my opinion. This because my review apparently wasn’t what he liked to read... So be aware that this may happen in case you write a review that isn’t positive... And to be clear, I have neither unjust motives nor am I a holocaust-denier. ##### My original review #### Writing this review in 2020, I observe a trend the last few years where more and more books are published about life in Auschwitz (or another German camp). I have read numerous books on camp life. If you consider reading this book, I suggest you to do otherwise. This book namely doesnt really show the real hardship of life in Auschwitz. Other books about camp life describe the constant suffering, hunger, beating, murder and exploitation. This book however is a lot different. Clearly the author seems to be in a very privileged position. I was stunned by the freedom of movement the author seems to have in the camp, the access to food and even the audacity to bluntly ask the SS what he needs. I myself am aware of the principle of “survivorship bias”, but even a small part of the behavior as described in this book would have gotten a normal prisoner killed in Auschwitz. And I dont even take into account the fact that the author is a jew, which in the camp is regarded as the lowest of the low. Some parts if the book were even questionable... He supposedly met a greek literature professor that was part of the Sonderkommando of “Krematorium 3”. The professor was in such a high standing that he survived several purges of the Sonderkommando. And he would have also survived the revolt of Krematorium 3... I personally have doubts that this story is true. Maybe the author was inspired by the book written by doctor Miklos Nyiszli whom was doing autopsies in Krematorium 2. In the afterword, the family of the author tries to claim that the author is some kind of hero. As if this book is an extremely special work. The below three points are some of the examples raised by the authors family... * First they try to argue that the author was involved in the February Strikes. In the annual remembrance event of these strikes only two survivor are mentioned. The family of the author is however of the opinion that the author is also survivor that should be mentioned. * Second, the family of the author wants to make you believe that this book is a very special diary because it is the only one that is written in a camp. I got the impression as if they wanted to position it as something as important as the “Anne Frank war diary”. * Last, the family states that the author even got personal requests fulfilled by the famous camp doctor Mengele (aka the “angel of death”). They even claim that the author asked Mengele to save his wife’s life, which Mengele organized for him. I personally get the impression that part of this book is fiction. Written with a commercial objective in mind, this book is clearly written with a target of 200 pages. The remainder of the pages up to 250 is a lot of filler.. In my opinion there are other books that are way better in explaining what life in Auschwitz was. As such, I was not able to give more than 2 stars for this book (2.4 stars rounded down to 2 stars).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I cannot give a book written by a Holocaust survivor any less than five stars just on principle of what they have come through and survived. Sharing their stories is very painful I am sure and this one is no different than the others I have read .... so hard to absorb and then to believe that people could be so capable of such cruelty. A terrible time in history. Taking a break from Holocaust reading for a bit… Glad it’s a sunshiny day

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tony Nielsen

    In 2019 there seems to have been a rush to publish books about the horrors of the Nazi Concentration camp Auschwitz. I have got myself caught up in wanting to understand the depths of cruelty and desperation which was wrought on literally hundreds of thousands of Europeans shipped to Auschwitz and almost certain death. Last Stop Auschwitz is somewhat unusual amongst the number of books which have recently been published, as its a first hand account by doctor and psychiatrist Eddy de Wind, and his In 2019 there seems to have been a rush to publish books about the horrors of the Nazi Concentration camp Auschwitz. I have got myself caught up in wanting to understand the depths of cruelty and desperation which was wrought on literally hundreds of thousands of Europeans shipped to Auschwitz and almost certain death. Last Stop Auschwitz is somewhat unusual amongst the number of books which have recently been published, as its a first hand account by doctor and psychiatrist Eddy de Wind, and his wife Friedel. The Dutch couple arrived at the Concentration Camp together and mostly through good fortune Eddy's medical qualifications kept him away from the brutal work which men were tasked with until they were worn out and bound for the Crematoria. Surviving was an every day challenge with Eddy daily negotiating with the Nazis and their nominated henchmen and women to maintain his medical duties and therefore avoid the slave labour. Friedel's challenge was to not be chosen for medical experiments. Amazingly their locations in this massive site were close to each other. Over time they became able to communicate with each other and occasionally to see one another. Last Stop Auschwitz gives the reader a shocking rollercoaster ride across the emotions attached to such a horror story which in the end sees the couple reunited.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caren

    I find it difficult to rate a Holocaust testimony. I unreservedly honour the courage and the commitment of the survivor, in this case Dr. Eddy de Wind, who published in 1946 what is thought to be the "only complete book written in Auschwitz itself". However, he chose to have his story narrated by "Hans" because "the horror of his experience was still so raw he couldn't find the words to describe it in the first person." (publisher's foreword) I was confused by this convention and, as a result, f I find it difficult to rate a Holocaust testimony. I unreservedly honour the courage and the commitment of the survivor, in this case Dr. Eddy de Wind, who published in 1946 what is thought to be the "only complete book written in Auschwitz itself". However, he chose to have his story narrated by "Hans" because "the horror of his experience was still so raw he couldn't find the words to describe it in the first person." (publisher's foreword) I was confused by this convention and, as a result, felt I was reading a fictional testimony rather than a memoir. Thus, the power of the record is diminished when I consider memoirs such as Wiesel's "Night" and Muller's "Eyewitness Auschwitz." Incidentally, I read the book in spite of the endorsement by Heather Morris on its cover, professing it to be "the ultimate Holocaust testimony." {Morris's work has been discredited by The Auschwitz Memorial Research Centre and Holocaust scholars because of its inaccuracies} Overall, the day-to-day experiences of this survivor highlight the degradation of the prisoners and their incomprehensible physical and mental suffering. As well, de Wind's story is one of resilience, particularly with regard to the strength of his love for his imprisoned wife and the hope that they would both survive this horror.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aislinn Kelly

    Last Stop Auschwitz is the heartbreaking true story of Dutch Jew Eddy de Wind and his experiences in Auschwitz. This story was very difficult to read at periods as Eddy's time in Auschwitz was so horrifying and cruel.. Even though the book was upsetting at times, I did find this story uplifting as it shows the power and courageness of people in spite of such injustice. Eddy's story will stay with me for a long time to come. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC Last Stop Auschwitz is the heartbreaking true story of Dutch Jew Eddy de Wind and his experiences in Auschwitz. This story was very difficult to read at periods as Eddy's time in Auschwitz was so horrifying and cruel.. Even though the book was upsetting at times, I did find this story uplifting as it shows the power and courageness of people in spite of such injustice. Eddy's story will stay with me for a long time to come. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival within the Camp is unlike any other book written about the Holocaust – Eddy de Wind wrote about his horrifying experience from within the camp. Very soon after Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army, Eddy found a notebook and worked diligently to get what was haunting his mind down onto paper. This particular account of the Holocaust has two crucial advantages over others – it was written before Eddy’s memory could work against him and before it could b Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival within the Camp is unlike any other book written about the Holocaust – Eddy de Wind wrote about his horrifying experience from within the camp. Very soon after Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army, Eddy found a notebook and worked diligently to get what was haunting his mind down onto paper. This particular account of the Holocaust has two crucial advantages over others – it was written before Eddy’s memory could work against him and before it could be influenced by outside perspectives. In January 1945, the Nazis knew that the Russians were very close to reaching Auschwitz, which led them to round up the prisoners that were well enough for what was known as a “Death March”. Eddy hid himself knowing that his odds of surviving the march were not good. After the Nazis fled, for three months he remained in the camp to help the sick prisoners and injured Russian soldiers. This is how he was able to freely write about his harrowing experience. While reading, it was slightly cumbersome to have to keep flipping back to the glossary to understand the non-English words, but I imagine that Eddy never would have thought that his account would be largely read by so many others in various different languages; therefore, he most likely did not think he needed to take the time to embed explanations within the text itself. Also, as much as he knew he needed to write of his experience to inform people about what had happened at Auschwitz, writing about what had happened was a cathartic experience for himself – something he desperately needed to do in order to calm his mind, his heart, and his soul. I also felt that Eddy could have been a little more direct and descriptive regarding certain events, but I believe that some things were probably too painful for him to delve into too much. This is not an easy read (except maybe for people like myself who are gluttons for all things tragic and morbid) and may not be the best book to read during the current pandemic situation as Eddy’s story may further depress some. On the other hand, however, reading this book (or any other book about the Holocaust for that matter) may help people realize just how fortunate we are even amidst COVID-19 and how life can most certainly be worse. I decided to give this book 5/5 stars as it is so historically important and unique. This edition of the book includes a note written by the de Wind family, a note from the translator, and an article written by Eddy de Wind in 1949 titled “Confrontation with Death. Each of these offers more insight into Eddy’s experience, World War II, and his thoughts about “concentration camp syndrome”. In the introduction to the note written by Eddy’s family, it states, “… it’s important to note that Auschwitz was the fulcrum of Eddy de Wind’s life, the event upon which everything turned. For him, there was Auschwitz itself, before Auschwitz, and after Auschwitz. It overshadowed everything.” I highly recommend this book to all who have an interest in World War II history as well as to anyone who may need a reminder during times such as these to appreciate all that they have. On this Memorial Day, as we honor soldiers we have lost, let us also remember heroes such as Eddy who continue to educate us about one of history’s darkest times as well as remind us to always strive to be compassionate.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suebee

    This autobiographical account has the distinction of being the only Holocaust memoir written from within the walls of a concentration camp (Auschwitz). Eddy de Wind, a Jewish psychiatric doctor from the Netherlands, is taken to Auschwitz along with his wife (narrowly escaping death when he is at first put into the line of prisoners headed to the gas chambers, and then when it is found out he is a doctor, he is put into the other line headed to Auschwitz to work in the Krankenbau - sick areas). A This autobiographical account has the distinction of being the only Holocaust memoir written from within the walls of a concentration camp (Auschwitz). Eddy de Wind, a Jewish psychiatric doctor from the Netherlands, is taken to Auschwitz along with his wife (narrowly escaping death when he is at first put into the line of prisoners headed to the gas chambers, and then when it is found out he is a doctor, he is put into the other line headed to Auschwitz to work in the Krankenbau - sick areas). Although every minute is an atrocity, Eddy is a slightly "luckier" prisoner in that he only has one 3-week stint in a road Kommando - building roads - but mostly he can work as a Pfleger (nurse / health aide) or a doctor, and because of the "black market" of the camp is able to get enough food to eat, often sneaking some to his wife Friedel in her block as well. The book was published soon after the war ended in his native Dutch in the Netherlands. This 2020 edition I read is the English translation. Eddy writes his account in the third person, describing everything that happened to "Hans," a name he made up that really meant himself. While there are horrific events in the camp at Auschwitz (including fertility experiments and surgeries on the prisoners in Block 9, including his wife), the stories that haunted me were the ones detailed in the last 20 pages of his account, when prisoners escape the camp and are allowed to mix with others because the SS have left. When it is clear the Russians are about to invade Auschwitz, the Nazis abandon an entire section of the camp called Birkenau, where Eddy (Hans) discovers 2-3 full blocks of dead and dying, emaciated women, and the stench is more than he can bear. Eddy meets a woman who suffers a head wound from a blow from a gun butt, who tells a story of mass murder of gunshots in a ditch, she was left for dead in a ditch but escaped because the soldiers failed to do their job well on her. Another prisoner tells of a worker at a crematorium who listened to hundreds of children sing the traditional Jewish prayer/song that is sung when death is imminent, as they enter the gas chambers. Another story comes forward of thousands of prisoners shot as they walked around a corner of a building, the sound of gunshots concealed by five orchestras playing. I only gave this 4 stars because the narrative can be a bit hard to follow at times - understandably.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joseph J.

    Won in a Goodreads Giveaway. To read of the human suffering of Auschwitz in the midst of our current pandemic is humbling indeed. Eddy de Wind penned these memories of his experience as a doctor in Auschwitz on site, in the unknown reality of liberation by the Red Army. Told through a third person device named Hans, the protagonist of this memoir is unique-and the book is unique-in that he and his wife arrived at and remained at Auschwitz in adjoining blocks. This tantalizing closeness brought r Won in a Goodreads Giveaway. To read of the human suffering of Auschwitz in the midst of our current pandemic is humbling indeed. Eddy de Wind penned these memories of his experience as a doctor in Auschwitz on site, in the unknown reality of liberation by the Red Army. Told through a third person device named Hans, the protagonist of this memoir is unique-and the book is unique-in that he and his wife arrived at and remained at Auschwitz in adjoining blocks. This tantalizing closeness brought recklessness on the part of "Hans" and sometime punishment, as he knew of the sterilization experiments conducted in his wife's block. The pages are filled with the horrors of a "hospital" without soap, on showers trickling drops of cold water, and of clothes "sanitized" but never washed and therefore marked with dried blood. Curiously in our days of isolation and social distancing, the thousands of Auschwitz slept in overcrowded bunks, and a social hierarchy of Polish prisoners, political prisoners and Jews competed for watery soup and survival. The S.S. guard who one moment ordered scores to death could in the next moment grant a compassionate request. Hint: Joseph Mengele is somewhere there! As the Red Army approaches the real fear of the unknown sets in as the camp is broken up and the prisoners embark on death marches. Liberation is fraught with reckless adventure, a heady freedom and horrific discovery. How did they survive? As one bloodied and bound young woman declares--to tell the story of what happened. This is why de Wind wrote these pages. The author uses his clinical skills in an included essay on the mentality of those brought to Auschwitz--and how they were able to delude themselves even as reality came starkly before their eyes. A chilling, absorbing account of a time shockingly close to our own times, only seventy five years ago.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mel Richmond

    I had never heard of this book when I saw it, but my ever-growing curiosity and interest for events surrounding the Second World War made me purchase it. Last Stop Auschwitz is a telling of one man’s memories and experiences of his time in the concentration camp Auschwitz. There have been so many tellings of these monstrous camps and I feel it is our duty to read them and ensure this catastrophe is never forgotten. Eddy De Wind (or Hans - the protagonist whose point of view Eddy writes from) giv I had never heard of this book when I saw it, but my ever-growing curiosity and interest for events surrounding the Second World War made me purchase it. Last Stop Auschwitz is a telling of one man’s memories and experiences of his time in the concentration camp Auschwitz. There have been so many tellings of these monstrous camps and I feel it is our duty to read them and ensure this catastrophe is never forgotten. Eddy De Wind (or Hans - the protagonist whose point of view Eddy writes from) gives us a chilling and very informative memoir of his and his wife Freidel’s experience in the camp, particularly focusing on the hospital and outpatients blocks. There is particular emphasis on the taboo experiments that were carried out on the young women at Auschwitz as Friedel is a potential victim for these horrors. It took me longer than normal to read this book, I would class it as bordering on non-fiction as a memoir filled with informative experiences and traumas. From the liberation of the camps, De Wind immediately started writing down his and other’s experiences over the two years he was imprisoned - to pass on this disgraceful knowledge so the suffering of the Holocaust would be a reality to those who did not see it themselves. Absolutely mind blowing, such an informative read and if, like me, you find the Second World War and the Holocaust something of intrigue and interest - I would whole heartedly recommend this book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Tuite

    Reading 2020 Book 23: Last Stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind There I was sitting at my doctor's appointment this morning, the news was on TV. The anchor announces that today , January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020. How appropo that I was finishing up this book today. Thanks Katie @Basic B's Guide for lending me your book. Eddy, a Dutch Jew, is a prisoner at Auschwitz, along with his wife. As the war comes to an end Eddy is left in the camp to help care for the remaining prisoners Reading 2020 Book 23: Last Stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind There I was sitting at my doctor's appointment this morning, the news was on TV. The anchor announces that today , January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020. How appropo that I was finishing up this book today. Thanks Katie @Basic B's Guide for lending me your book. Eddy, a Dutch Jew, is a prisoner at Auschwitz, along with his wife. As the war comes to an end Eddy is left in the camp to help care for the remaining prisoners, and to aid the liberating Russians. He finds a notebook and starts to write down his experience during the time he was in the camp. His writings in the notebook become this book, and a unique telling from inside Auschwitz. It is hard to write a review on someone's experiences especially when the horrors that they have endured are beyond imagination. My review is focused on the writing, mainly the translation of the book to English. The translation was a bit clunky and halting to me, as many of the words were left in their original language making the reader refer to the glossary for meanings. I understand this is a minor thing, and maybe it was my mood while I read this book, there was not the connection to the story as I was hoping. My rating 3 ⭐️ .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen greer

    This story and others like it should be required reading for all students. To think that this can be done to humans is mind blowing. I am a Jew that grew up inThe Bronx in New York. It was a Jewish neighborhood. You would see adults walking around with numbers on their arms. No one talked about it. It was too horrific to speak about. My father and my uncles all fought in World War II. What they saw when they liberated the death camps were so horrifying they could not speak of it either. I am gla This story and others like it should be required reading for all students. To think that this can be done to humans is mind blowing. I am a Jew that grew up inThe Bronx in New York. It was a Jewish neighborhood. You would see adults walking around with numbers on their arms. No one talked about it. It was too horrific to speak about. My father and my uncles all fought in World War II. What they saw when they liberated the death camps were so horrifying they could not speak of it either. I am glad to see that some of the people that did survive were finally able to put pen to paper and let the world know what happened in those death camps. In my family we lost family members too. I cannot even imagine what they went through. I would recommend everyone read accounts of this horrible time in history to learn so that it will never happen again. For this man to have the courage to sit down at the time of liberation is so hard to imagine. This man had an inner strength that is beyond words. I cannot say that I enjoyed reading the horrors but I can say this book was well written and I would have liked to have met this amazing man.

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