Cold Crematorium: Reporting from the Land of Auschwitz (Hardback)
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Cold Crematorium: Reporting from the Land of Auschwitz (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 18/01/2024
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Finally translated into English, this enormously important eyewitness account of the atrocities committed by the Nazis at the concentration camp of Dornhau makes for harrowing yet utterly essential reading.

When József Debreczeni arrived in Auschwitz in 1944, had he been selected to go 'left', his life expectancy would have been approximately forty-five minutes. One of the 'lucky' ones, he was sent to the 'right', which led to twelve horrifying months of incarceration and slave labour in a series of camps, ending in the 'Cold Crematorium' - the so-called hospital of the forced labour camp Dörnhau, where prisoners too weak to work were left to die.

Debreczeni beat the odds and survived. Very soon he committed his experiences to paper in Cold Crematorium, one of the harshest and powerful indictments of Nazism ever written. This haunting memoir, rendered in the precise and unsentimental prose of an accomplished journalist, compels the reader to imagine human beings in circumstances impossible to comprehend intellectually.

First published in Hungarian in 1950, it was never translated due to the rise of McCarthyism, Cold War hostilities and antisemitism. This important eyewitness account that was nearly lost to time will be available in fifteen languages, finally taking its rightful place among the great works of Holocaust literature more than seventy years after it was first published.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787334649
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 377 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A literary diamond – sharp-edged and crystal clear. A haunting chronicle of rare, unsettling power... A holocaust memoir worthy of Primo Levi - The Times

Meticulous and intelligent translation... A masterpiece - New Statesman

In the timeliest possible way, it succeeds in restoring the Holocaust’s reality... Debreczeni writes with a cinematic clarity, a determination to make detail triumph over mass dehumanisation - Telegraph

Astonishing… Debreczeni captures detail after harrowing detail - Guardian

As immediate a confrontation of the horrors of the camps as I’ve ever encountered. It’s also a subtle if startling meditation on what it is to attempt to confront those horrors with words… Debreczeni has preserved a panoptic depiction of hell, at once personal, communal and atmospheric - New York Times

A timely reminder of man's inhumanity to man, especially for the young generation - Jung Chang, author of WILD SWANS

Whatever I say about this amazing book feels inadequate. Cold Crematorium is a brilliant book, but the word brilliant does not encompass it. It evades words. I have seldom read a book that creates empathy while dealing with the most dehumanized and dehumanizing experience. I wish everyone would read it, especially in this time of sheer inhumanity and baffling complicity - Azar Nafisi, author of READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN

An immensely powerful and deeply humane eyewitness account of the horror of the camps. Through vivid descriptions of what he saw and experienced there, Debreczeni confronts the reader with the hell that the Holocaust was; not as something general belonging to history, but as a particular, concrete and devastating reality - Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of MY STRUGGLE

Cold Crematorium offers a cleareyed view of the Nazi death machine with shades of gallows humor, tragedy and anthropological insight - New York Times

An indispensable work of literature and a historical document of unsurpassed importance. It should be required reading - Jonathan Safran Foer, author of EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED

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“Words from a skeleton who lived to tell the tale”

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“Everyone should read this book”

Despite all signs pointing to defeat, in 1944 the Nazis continued to send people in droves to concentration camps. A Hungarian man József Debreczeni ends up in Dörnhau where even the Nazis don’t dare to linger,... More

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“Horrors”

5 stars, Horrors

COLD CREMATORIUM
Reporting from the Land of Auschwitz
by Jozsef Debreczeni

Jozsef Debreczeni barely survived the Land of Auschwitz. He was able to tell the world of the horrors he and the... More

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