The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II. (Google eBook)

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Da Capo Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II

User Review  - Steven Z. - Goodreads

THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby is not an easy book to review. It is a memoir of a former British soldier who decided after his capture and incarceration in a German ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

It would be presumptuous to criticize a person who went through the atrocities of World War II, let alone a POW camp. I've never broken out of one or fought in a war, let alone survived through ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1
5
Chapter 2
14
Chapter 3
26
Chapter 4
43
Chapter 5
57
Chapter 6
71
Chapter 7
82
Chapter 14
156
Chapter 15
164
Chapter 16
170
Chapter 17
181
Chapter 18
192
Chapter 19
208
Chapter 20
219
Chapter 21
226

Chapter 8
93
Chapter 9
105
Chapter 10
116
Chapter 11
130
Chapter 12
135
Chapter 13
143
Chapter 22
234
Chapter 23
241
Acknowledgements
261
Picture Acknowledgements
264
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About the author (2012)

Denis Avey fought in the British army during World War II and was captured and held as a prisoner of war in a camp near Auschwitz III. In 2010 he received a British "Hero of the Holocaust" award.

Rob Broomby is a British Affairs correspondent for the BBC World Service. He was formerly the BBC Berlin correspondent and has worked as a broadcast journalist mainly with BBC Radio for more than twenty years.

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