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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306821493
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 109,516
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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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The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
FCTOM More than 1 year ago
While evidently from the low star ranking so far some didn't like this book I did and found myself making extra time to get back to it and read more. While no big revelations about conditions were revealed in the book it could perhaps be beter described as a book telling the story of hte PTSD impact on a combat vetran and POW of WWII. It shows how finally sharing the hidden anugish of having buddies blownup sitting right next to you and witnessing the abuse of outers can have on a person. The later part of the book telling events of recent years I found enjoyable. No this isn't a book you read with a light mood it's somber but at the same time enlightening. I found myself trying to figure out where Avery found a meaning that Frankle described in his book "Man's Search For Meaning" and gratend the British prisoners in the camp adjacent to Auschwitz didn't receive the same treatment as the ones from that camp thy still most likely needed a reason for living and Avery found that in his need to document even if just mentally the treatment the concentration camp prisoners received. Granted due to the PTSD and personal health issues he ended up keeping things bottled up inside for many decades before finally finindg some comfort in being able to relate his story. And at least one of the prisoners of Auschwitz confirmed his story many years before Avery hinself revelaed his story. If you are somone who enjoys reading WWII era historical stories then you may enjoy this book. The fighting from an enlisted mans view the capitivity and his exposure to the prisoners of Auschwitz and yes he did spend two nights inside the camp itself.
Chloe27 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I highly recommend it.
GlennBell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Denis provides a detailed account of his life as a soldier, prisoner of war, and post-war life. His tale brings to light the good and bad of mankind. I recommend the book based on its historical content and its glimpse into what life can be like. Perhaps it helps us understand what hardship is really like.
vietnambutterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David Avey enlists at an early age and is sent off to fight in Egypt and Tobruk. He is captured and is being transported on a ship which is shot down in the Mediterranean Sea. he escapes but is recaptured. Eventually he is transported to various concentra, Ernst, and arranges to swap situations for one night, he follows this up again some time latter. He never forgets those nights spent in the crowded huts with people moansing all around him. He also never forgets the punching of a crying baby by a German guard silencing the baby forever. He arranges for Susan, Ernst's sister, living in Englans to send him cigarettes. It is not until over 50 years later that he learns that Ernst survived the camps and the death march because of those cigarettes and that he lived in the US for many years up to his death just several years before
drlord on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time with this book. Not because it was bad, but because it paints a very realistic look at the life of a Prisoner of War in World War II. Add to this the descriptions of the sheer brutality of the German SS troops and the atrocities in the Concentration Camps, you have a book that in the end should be a lesson for everyone that this should never be allowed to happen again. Mr Avey is a hero, plain and simple. And this is a powerful book following the courage it took for him to fight troops in Africa, weather the war as a POW, and to break into Auschwitz just to provide witness to some of histories most heinous crimes.
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