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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Rob Broomby, Denis Avey

Narrated By: James Langton

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: July 2014

Duration: 9 hours 21 minutes

Summary:

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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  • Anonymous

    This should be a required reading. What this man experienced and is able to talk about is phenomenal. I think we forget all too easily how many people suffered during WWII. Avey's story reminds us not only that it happened, but that it happened to people just like you and me...and that it can happen again. God bless this man for telling his story.