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Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie

An Eye for an Eye: The Untold Story of Jewish Revenge Against Germans in 1945

An Eye for an Eye: The Untold Story of Jewish Revenge Against Germans in 1945 - John Sack Could this be true? Is it not conceivable that, having suffered terribly in Auschwitz, a survivor would take revenge on the people from the nation that ran the concentration camp after the war? That is the story told here. Mr Sack tells a horrific story, first of the terrible tortures and crimes inflicted on Polish Jews at Auschwitz and subsequently, the alleged torture and crimes by Jewish survivors inflicted on the Germans caught in Poland after the war ends. The first half of the book is compelling. What terrible stories are told of survival in the camps and the forced marches from the camps as the Russian forces approach. The next part covers the building of camps for Germans caught in Poland or in seized German lands. Ostensibly, this was to catch and punish former masters of the concentration camps or members of the SS. Mr Sack shows many are just caught in the net, having little or no guilt or association. The main characters are cruel and inflict terrible suffering in many cases, yet many soon become horrified at what they have become.

Mr Sack tells the story of his search for this story and participants in the second half of the book. This part of the book is poorly written and jumps around. Obviously he is villified for writing anything about this. How could anyone want to hear about concentration camp victims becoming as cruel as the SS? And who would be sympathetic to Germans after the mass horror of WWII? Unfortunately, the end of the book does little to bolster Mr Sack's story with hard evidence. As he explains, few would talk about it, many denied it all and the few who would admit participation often recanted.

The end of WWII featured the biggest mass migration ever as the losers of the war were run out of ancestral lands. Many horrors were committed and perhaps this story sheds light on one. Hard to know for sure.