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
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"A gruesome story eloquently told." ( Kirkus)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Timms on 05-04-18

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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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5 out of 5 stars
By m on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Cassandra on 25-01-18

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 Tom G on 10-06-18

Jaw dropping story

As a polish immigrant in the US who became a pharmacist I could not pass up this title. This book paints a picture that I do not recall being as vivid when I learned about the holocaust in school in Poland. The first part of the book will make you angry, sad, surprised and numb. The horrific acts described make any horror movie seem tame. The second part of the book deals with the aftermath of the war and the nazi war trials. It is less interesting but still very important. This title describes not only the pharmacist profession at Auschwitz but also other medical professions and the unimaginable atrocities that the people running the camp were capable of. It is definitely worth a read.

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