The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland is recognized as one of the most notorious ones operating under the Nazis during World War 2. Whenever a mention is made of this camp, it draws to memory accounts of brutalities again Jews and inhumane conditions to which they were subjected, eventually being murdered or surviving miraculously. This book by Garlinski however provides an account about something different from within Auschwitz.
The gas chambers and the cruelty of the Nazis do figure in this book but it is only one aspect of it. The book deals more with the underground Polish resistance that sprang up in the camp and that pursued significant activities under the very noses of the Nazi guard. This makes it a very valuable study of the mostly non Jewish small underground movement within the camp. The members of this group consisted predominantly of inmates of the camp who had spent a lot of time there.