This book was a must for me, with a degree in history and a particular interest in the Second World War I could not pass it up. I, unlike so many who have read this book had not seen any of the coverage on the news but saw it in the library I work in. All the media hype was lost on me and to be honest I was glad. This book was so unlike any other I had read about Auschwitz, I was glad I had no other expectations from it. Denis Avey's book is simple but well written and extremely thought provoking.