The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

A True Story of World War II

Book - 2011 | First Da Capo Press edition.
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The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into the concentration camp, Buna-Monowitz, known as Auschwitz III.   In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there and he was determined to witness what he could.   He hatched a plan to swap places with a Jewish inmate and smuggled himself into his sector of the camp. He spent the night there on two occasions and experienced at first-hand the cruelty of a place where slave workers, had been sentenced to death through labor.   Astonishingly, he survived to witness the aftermath of the Death March where thousands of prisoners were murdered by the Nazis as the Soviet Army advanced. After his own long trek right across central Europe he was repatriated to Britain.   For decades he couldn't bring himself to revisit the past that haunted his dreams, but now Denis Avey feels able to tell the full story--a tale as gripping as it is moving--which offers us a unique insight into the mind of an ordinary man whose moral and physical courage are almost beyond belief.
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2011.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
ISBN: 9780306819650
Branch Call Number: 940.547243 AVE
Characteristics: 263 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm


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Jason Wheelock May 21, 2012

Amazing first hand account of a British soldier who endured many harrowing exeriences in WWII and lived to tell of it. Great read!

Aug 12, 2011

PTSD writ large. 60 yrs+ after WWII Avey relates his tremendous tale as a POW in Italy & Poland. As a captured private he was forced to work unlike officers. Post war he was discouraged from speaking about his experiences as he"had let the side down" by becoming a POWw & working for the enemy. Where did he work? AUSCHWitz! Next door to the extermination camps of Russians, Roma, Jews. Amazingly he snuck into the Jewish camp twice to witness the horrors which never left him.

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