The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date:
- 29 September 2011
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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.
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
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 I recommend the book based on its historical content and its glimpse into what life can be like.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.
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