The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, Paperback
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THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III. In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a 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 labour.

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, 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 2 x 8pp Black & White
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781444714197



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A harrowing tale of a British soldier's military career during WWII, this autobiography will take hold of its readers and transport them into a life unimaginable. When he joined the military Denis Avery made a decision and when he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in a camp next to Auschwitz he maintained his role as a soldier by witnessing first-hand all the horrors he possibly could. He was determined to experience the position that the Jewish prisoners were in and bartered with a Jewish prisoner for a night in his wooden shoes. Together, Denis and Hans would switch places a couple times. For Hans these nights meant more food, better sleeping arrangements, protection from fear of death or selection. For Denis these were nights of horror - full of the moans of slowly dying, tales of torture, witnessing the dead, the beatings and experiencing what it was to be a prisoner whose daily life was filled with a question of when you would die. These nights forever changed both these men and their relationship in the camp would endure outside of the camp and the war. <br/><br/>This is a tale of survival in its barest sense and a tale of strength. Men like Denis gave hope to many others and his tale is one that gives a face to the atrocities of WWII while also portraying the difference every person makes in their daily lives. Avery's tale is a story of how much one person can effect the world by helping just one person.