by Denis Avey , By (author) Rob Broomby
Category: History / European
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 29 September 2011
Number of pages: 304
The international bestselling story of one British soldier's brave choice to exchange places with a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz.
What the papers say:
'This is a most important book, and a timely reminder of the dangers that face any society once intolerance and racism take hold.' -- Sir Martin Gilbert 'This memoir is an important contribution to a terrible chapter in history.' -- Daily Express 'Denis is a hero in time of terror, a man of limitless moral and physical courage.' -- Henry Kamm, New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner 'This is the most amazing Holocaust memoir it's been my good fortune to read...this is a beautiful, uplifting book about a real ben adom, a mensch, who saw evil and, instead of averting his eyes, did what he could to help the victims'. -- Washington Jewish Week 'an excellent memoir of survival.' -- Publishers Weekly 'A unique war story from a brave man.' -- Kirkus 'This is the incredible story of British soldier Denis Avey who broke into Auschwitz to uncover the horrors that were concealed there by the Nazis...This is a brutal account of what he experienced. There are some who doubt his story but don't let that ruin this extraordinary book.' -- Press Association 'THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ will take your breath away.' -- La revista de Ana Rosa (Spain) 'What starts as an act of reportage then becomes a moving and ultimately triumphant story of survival.' -- Belfast Telegraph 'Exceptional'. -- Morgenpost (Germany) 'An astonishing heroic tale of a steady character.' -- Judische Zeitung (Germany) 'An admirable story'. -- Periodista digital (Spain) 'A remarkable story'. -- De Telegraaf (Holland) A 'strange, brave and bracing story'. -- Canberra Times
Denis Avey was born in Essex in 1919. He fought in the desert during the Second World War and was captured and held as a Prisoner of War in a camp near Auschwitz III. In 2010 he received a British Hero of the Holocaust award. Rob Broomby is a British Affairs correspondent for the BBC World Service. He was formerly the BBC Berlin correspondent and has worked as a broadcast journalist mainly with BBC Radio for more than twenty years.
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