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

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


By (author) Denis Avey, By (author) Rob Broomby, Narrator James Langton

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 165mm x 28mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 11 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452602484
  • ISBN 13: 9781452602486
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

Product description

"The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz" is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into the notorious concentration camp, Buna-Monowitz, known as Auschwitz III. In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labor camp, E715, near the site of 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 firsthand 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 in which thousands of prisoners were murdered by the Nazis as the Soviet Army advanced. After his own long trek 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 unique insight into the mind of an ordinary man whose moral and physical courage are almost beyond belief."

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Author information

Denis Avey is a British Army World War II veteran living in Derbyshire, England. Rob Broomby is a BBC journalist who first chronicled Denis Avey's story of breaking into the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Actor and musician James Langton, an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller "The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud" by Julia Navarro and "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Review quote

"Langton ably narrates this audio version of Avey and Broomby's international bestseller....His narration is well paced and steady." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review