The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz (Paperback)
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DescriptionTHE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III. In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a 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 labour. 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, 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.
- Published: 29 September 2011
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781444714197 ISBN 10: 1444714198
- Sales rank: 1,333
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Reviews for The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz
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The title is somewhat misleading as I felt only a small part of Denis Avey's memoir is the title of the book. However, in saying that, I guess he had to tell his whole story with a lead up to that particular event. I did start to think I would never get to the main part though! It is truly unbelievable and an amazing story, which I am glad he has shared it (with the help of Rob Broomby). It makes a change from reading pure fiction and was told in an easy style. It was hard not to make comparisons at times with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I was reminded of the factual nature of the book with the photos in the middle. by Wendy SEKULOFF
Take this with a Pinch of Salt
I have not read this book.... But read on...
I am familiar with the story line.
It was first published as "The Password is Courage" about a chap called Charlie Coward, a British Soldier who did exactly this.
He was played in a film of the same name by Dirk Bogarde.
Suggest before buying this you do a Google on the title of the book to read the various accounts of contradictory info and doubting fellow soldiers.
On an other matter, how did so many tiny children survive Nazi death camps to go on to write survivor books? We should be told. by Richard Middleton