In this compelling new book, published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the highly acclaimed author Laurence Rees tells us the definitive history of the most notorious Nazi institution of them all. We discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass murder in history - part death camp, part concentration camp where around a million Jews were killed. Drawing on intriguing new documentary evidence, this is a story of brutality, courage, escape and survival, and a powerful account of how this human tragedy could have happened. 
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