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The House of Death (Dødens bolig)
Published 2019, 766 pages



Foreign rights:

Christel Brinkløv / People’sPress,


The House of Death

From May 1940 till January 1945 the small, Polish town of Oświęcim, whose German name became synonomous with the Holocaust, was a Hell on earth in the attempt to eradicate the European Jews from the world: Auschwitz was the biggest concentration camp of Nazi Germany, which resulted in the death of more than a million people.

The House of Death describes all the central aspects of the camp, including its construction and organization, the officials, daily routine, the conditions of the prisoners and their fight for survival in a universe that saw all common values and norms rendered null and void. Lending a voice to both the victims and their persecutors, the role that Auschwitz plays in the Holocaust is central to the form of the book; it is here that the SS and German technicians created factories for mass murder, and only a fraction of the people responsible have been brought to justice.


About the author

Peter Langwithz Smith (b. 1945) has taught German and Danish at Esbjerg State School for 30 years. Langwithz Smith has published the critically acclaimed books Auschwitz – en beskrivelse, 2004 (Auschwitz – a description) and Neuengamme – Koncentrationslejren 1938-1945, 2012 (Neuengamme – the concentration camp 1938-1945).

Text translated by Lin Falk van Rooyen