The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story Of World War II (2011)
The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II (2011)
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3.8 of 5 Votes: 4
ISBN
1444714163 (ISBN13: 9781444714166)
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English
publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
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This is a very moving, and true, story of Denis Avey's exchanges it's a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz III, in order to see for himself the horrors within. His story restored my faith in humanity, that he would do whatever he could to help those who encountered, especially Ernst, whose family he contacted to assure them he was still alive. His family sent cigarettes, which ultimately saved Ernst's life and meant that he survived the Holocaust unlike so many others. The killings he witnessed, especially that of the baby, absolutely broke my heart, but such was the cruelty of the SS, and that books like this are helping to shed light on. I also though it was lovely that, in the search for Ernst's sister Susanne, towards the end of the book, led them to Acocks Green. So much history in the town next to mine, and I had no idea until I read this book. It is a very important testimony of the Holocaust that I think everyone should read. This book tells the tale of a man who was a POW. Not only was Denis a POW but he became a prisoner of Auschwitz to get a sense of what it was like. You get to read about Denis' account of WWII. I must admit I didn't think i would like the book, but I found that once I got into it, it was very hard to put down. I have seen many documentaries on the Holocaust and of WWII. I have also read many books on the subjects as well. This one gives a first hand account of WWII and what life was like not only during the war as a POW but post-war. This book gives me a new respect for WWII soldiers and their families. I tend to forget that what we have available today was not always available back then. We hear now of many soldiers able to get help after they come home from a combat zone. During the 1940s and '50s, it just didn't exist so openly. I am very glad that I read the book and it was a privilege to read Denis' story.
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blackbeltbaby98
this book gave me some strange nightmares. needless to say, i stopped reading it 3 chapters in.
rfasry
Well written and very descriptive. A book i will never forget.
lrawtry
the Auschitz part is VERY limited. more of a WWII bio
maggie
A very poignant story
indygo
Briliant!!!!
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