5 out of 5 Stars
I received a free Kindle copy of The Architects of Death by Karen Bartlett courtesy of Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I have read a great deal about the holocaust, but never one that covered this subject. This is the first book by Karen Bartlett that I have read.
This book is well written and researched. The subtitle “The Family Who Engineered the Death Camps” is an accurate description of the contents of the book. It explains how the Topf family companies worked with the Nazi Government to design and install the ovens used for cremation of the victims of the holocaust. It also details how they worked to improve the efficiency of the ovens.
While this book is a very good read, the reader must be braced for some graphic descriptions of the process. I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the holocaust as it addresses one facet that has not been covered before.