A short, devastating study of history's most notorious killing ground.
Sybille Steinbacher teaches at The University of Bochum. She is
currently Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.
Shaun Whiteside is a previous winner of The Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German Translations, and translator of The Birth of Tragedy and Musil's The Confessions of Young T rless for Penguin Classics. He lives in London.
"In concise and sober fashion, German historian Steinbacher traces
the history of Auschwitz from a medieval trading town to the major
extermination camp of the Holocaust. . . . Steinbacher, a visiting
fellow for European studies at Harvard, avoids extensive analysis
or morality tales; the meaning of Auschwitz is in the details,
which she provides with clinical precision." --Publishers
"A multitude of books have been written on the camp, yet this brief volume has much to offer both laypersons and scholars interested in its history. . . . A cogent, penetrating work." --Booklist
"A thoughtful overview of a place terrible to remember--and one that must always be remembered." --Kirkus Reviews