By all rights, Trisha could have turned to drugs or alcohol.  She grew up in a time when it was not pleasant to be Jewish.  She survived bullying and religious discrimination.  So at a young age, she got tough.  When her husband – Gerald Posner – was researching his book on Josef Mengele (The Angel of Death in the Holocaust), she learned of the part that a pharmacist, Victor Capesius, played in the horrors of the Holocaust.  Her book – The Pharmacist of Auschwitz has been a national bestseller.

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz was the first nonfiction account of Nazi officer Victor Capesius. Posner’s book is the spellbinding story of Nazi Germany’s largest industrial conglomerate, I.G. Farben. Capesius worked for Farben’s Bayer pharmaceutical subsidiary.”

Her encounter with Josef Mengele’s son, and the disturbing but documented story of how drugs made their way, purposefully into Auschwitz. She recounts the chilling details she found out about Capesius, who made his way from Dachau to become the ‘camp pharmacist’ at Auschwitz, and ultimately convicted of Nazi war crimes. Capesius worked closely with Josef Mengele and together they were heavily involved in the selection of inmates for the gas chamber. In Auschwitz, he had risen to the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer, in November 1944, and was in charge and control of the chemicals used in the extermination of the Jews, such as phenol and Zyklon B. This, it should be noted, was during the mass murder of almost 400,000 Hungarian Jews.
A courageous story by a courageous woman.