|Plot Summary of Hanged At Auschwitz: An Extraordinary Memoire Of Survival|
|"This is the story of Sim Kessel and his plight in the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. He was in the French resistance but the bulk of the book takes place after his arrest by the NazisSim tells you his experience as they transported him to the camps where he was packed and left for days with corpses and people urinating and defecating on themselves. His time working the long stressful labor they had at the camps. His rations of soup that was almost water and his thankfullness to find a potato in it every once in a while. He battled disease from malnutrition, doing his best to sustain on 500 calories a day while working all day.
Three or four people would sleep on top of each other and wake up with corpses around them. He was beaten with rubber clubs and watched others being beaten to death. He also told the story of his botched hanging where the rope broke. He was then ordered to be shot in the back of the head. But he befriended a man by the name of Jacob, who was the former trainer of famed boxer Max Schmeling. Through this friendship Sim was able to get the identity of an already slain prisoner and Sim assumed this identity throughout the rest of his time there. "
Bobby Blades, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Hanged At Auschwitz: An Extraordinary Memoire Of Survival|
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- prison camp
War/Cloak & Dagger story?
Life in an institution
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- wicked men
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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