The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz

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

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The almost unbelievable story of Denis Avey, now 92, began in 1944 when he was captured and sent to a POW work camp. He was put to work every day in a German factory, where he labored alongside Jewish prisoners from a nearby camp called Auschwitz. The stories they told him were horrifying. Eventually Aveys curiosity, kind-heartedness, derring-do, and perhaps foolhardiness drove him to suggest--and remarkably manage--switching places with two of the Jewish prisoners in order to spend a couple of harrowing days and nights inside. Miraculously, he lived to tell about it. Surely deserving of its place alongside the great World War II stories, this is an incredible tale of generosity, courage, and, for one Jewish prisoner whom Denis was able to help, survival. Amazingly, breathtakingly, it is told here for the first more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0306819651
  • 9780306819650
  • 423,450

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Kirkus Reviews, 5/15/11 "[A] plainspoken, moving story...a unique war story from a brave man."Publishers Weekly, 5/23/11"An excellent memoir of survival." Deseret News, 7/24/11 "Simple, moving, and gripping story that puts one into the death camps and on the death march."Washington Times, 8/12/11"An important and profound book." Asbury Park Sunday Press, 8/7/11"In 1944, Avey was a British POW, held in a stalag near Auschwitz...It is only now that he felt able to actually tell his story, and it's a pretty powerful one, at that." Asbury Park Press, 8/28/11"As the Nazi era recedes further and further into the past, stories like this can shock readers into remembering that these things really happened, that they happened to real men and women, and that their impact is still affecting people's lives."show more

About Denis Avey

Denis Avey is a British Army World War II veteran living in Derbyshire, England.Rob Broomby is the BBC journalist who first chronicled Avey's more

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