It’s BS now as it was BS then, and I’m sure the Doctor knew it was BS when he wrote the book.
Yet, who am I to judge?
As in any memoir of significance and importance, this one also is riddled with personal stories which really drive the tragedy of the Holocaust into the heart. After all, such huge numbers whether they be six million (Jews that were murdered), 12 million (total people which were murdered in the Nazi concentration camps), 22–25 million (deaths of soldiers in World war II) or 55–75 million (deaths of civilians in World War II) are so enormous that they defy logic and are one of the reasons people deny these events ever happened despite the overwhelming number of evidence.
Dr. Nyiszli tells us stories he witnessed. A teenager who survived the horrors of the gas chambers (there is a chilling account of what happened inside), which he brought back from the dead only so she can be marched out and shot half an hour later. The amazing story of the twelfth Sonderkommando, the Jews who worked the crematoria and revolted before they were brutally murdered. The Nazis replenished the Sonderkommando every four months, the first assignment of the new Sonderkommando was to get rid of the bodies of the old ones and await their fate.
The book is a cautionary tale on many levels; it is also an important historical document and an excellent read. It was not easy to get through this book, and I had trepidation about reading it at all. But I’m glad I did and you will be, too.