The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey
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.
 

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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 story.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 312 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Gradually, Avey befriended several of the crew, including a man named Ernst and learned that the Jews were simply worked to death (unlike the Englishmen), then vaporized “up the chimney,” sending out the sickly sweet odor Avey had noticed.

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During WWII, British soldier Denis Avey was imprisoned at E715, a labor camp near Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III.

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Broomby is a BBC journalist who first chronicled the story of British Army veteran Avey, now 93, who was honored as a British Hero of the Holocaust in 2010.

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The author could not restrain himself and called one of the guards “du verfluchter Untermensch” - “you damned subhuman.” The guard struck the author in the eye with a pistol;

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I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC Just outside of Auschwitz III in 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW camp.

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