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The Pharmacist of Auschwitz

The Untold Story
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"A gruesome story eloquently told." ( Kirkus)

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  • 09-05-18

Shocking

Detailed account of the horrors of this infamous Nazi death factory. Chilling and factual. Adds a layer of detail to what is commonly known. Shines a spotlight on this depraved and opportunistic coward of a man who squirms and ultimately gets away with genocide.

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The Pharmacist of Auschwitz.

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

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Fascinating- and a lot of NEW INSIGHT!!!

All who read about the Third Reich - the uprise, the years of horror which followed - will have read about the concentration camps BUT this book is different to what you expect... It is not simply a portraitier account about the pharmacist of Auschwitz - no, it gives a lot more - the role of the large pharmaceutical firm IG Farben and so many others .... Would I recommend this book: YES

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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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informational and interesting

Some very disturbing information, but this story should be told as it is for people to get the best understanding to the evil these people did! the performance of the book is good with a likeable voice in my opinion! good purchase

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a really good well researched book

I really enjoyed this insight in to the of a little known SS doctor/pharmacist who was responsible for numerous deaths through selections at the train stations for incoming Jews as well as transporting the poison to the gas Chambers. i felt the some of the chapters were a little too political but it was needed to keep the context it is non fiction after all

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Fascinating story well narrated.

An insight into the life of a Nazi working in a concentration camp. You know all this happened but you still struggle to understand.

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A must read

Harrowing but a must read .voice over was easy on the ears . Brought tears to my eyes.

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a books that tells so much more

Log of info that I didn’t know .fantastic book .a must read !!! Tell so much more based on the criminals of that era

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How terrible. How unforgivable.

A harrowing story well read. How terrible people can be, even when no compulsion to be so. Well worth reading so that we remember. Never forget.

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  • Cassandra
  • 25-01-18

Gripping!

Fascinating listen. I have listened at least twice. This man is as much a monster as the trial jurors thought and more. Worth the Credit

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  • Simone
  • 11-05-19

Fascinating

Over and above the compelling yet terrible story about the pharmacist, I was captivated by the particulars of how things were run the camps, the details of the subsequent the trials and the behaviour of the defendants etc The book was gripping, well written, never got dry for me and was easy to read despite the difficult subject matter.

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  • Momof3inSLC
  • 03-08-20

Really good

Written well enough to give you the graphic facts without making you too uncomfortable. It is upsetting and it should be.

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  • Polar Bear
  • 31-07-19

Not Focused on One Perpetrator as Title Implies

Adds to one's knowledge of what postwar Germany was willing to do about Holocaust perpetrators.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-02-19

poor pronunciation

The story is good the pronunciation of Eastern European towns and names it's appalling and so far off. maybe consider this next time.

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  • LisalouRN
  • 26-08-17

I respect every victim of the Holocaust to....

Narrator I believe was SPOT on. This is about my 20th book on the topic. I am a critical care nurse of 27 years, It takes a lot to offend my sensibilities. this book 1/3 through did it. There were certain things involving children I just did NOT need to hear. And while it is important to keep most of these stories alive through generations, certain horrid details need to be never spoken of. The mad man at the helm of this hell would be sickening proud to know some of the stories are still being told. a shame really. gave it 3 attempts.

It would behoove this author to consider such sensitive things involving ......cant even saying it. just leave babies and kids out of it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-20

Excellent

The reader was outstanding. The best I’ve ever heard. The writing was masterful. Great storytelling of such an awful subject.

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  • Alwyn B
  • 22-08-20

Excellent book on yet another Holocaust story.

Capesius is not as well known as some of the other Auschwitz criminals. The audiobook enlightened me. Julian Elfer is an excellent narrator.

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  • Tamika Waller
  • 05-05-20

fascinating

at points it was a little difficult to keep track of the details but it was very well written- a balanced mix of documentation and storytelling. I will go back and listen to it again in a few weeks!

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  • m foreal
  • 13-02-20

A pharmacist in Auschwitz

I had never heard a story like this about the death camps. I think of it as a way to arm myself about how such things could come to fruition but honestly, My mind is unable to grasp how horrible these places were. Pure evil is what this was. I find myself (born in America) wanting you seek out Jewish people and apologize for how they have been treated. I highly recommend this book and the narrator is superb as well.