The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

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The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

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Vrba memorized everything he could about the prisoners, practices and routines of the concentration camp. They relied on strict Nazi routine: in cases of escape, the camp was put on full alert for precisely 72 hours before security in the outer areas was relaxed, on the assumption that the prisoners must have got away. I consider myself to know quite a lot about this period, (The Nazi treatment of prisoner side of things rather than military) but this book provided me with details of things that I never had an idea of.

A prominent Swiss novelist named Joël decides to sooth his broken heart from a recent breakup and ditch the hard work of his current novel-in-progress with a visit to the Hôtel de Verbier. A brilliant and heart-wrenching book, with universal and timely lessons about the power of information— and misinformation.

Now for a delightfully absorbing whodunnit that’s so marvelously twisty and smart its world becomes yours. Vrba helped save 200,000 Jewish lives—but he never stopped believing it could have been so many more. Originally published in the early 1960s, I Escaped from Auschwitz is the striking autobiography of none other than Rudolf Vrba himself.

With men around him dying from disease, malnutrition and slave labour, he was among the more fortunate, being given less onerous work on a brutal building project; a transfer to a job painting skis for German troops; a last-minute reprieve from joining the 746 men executed during a typhus outbreak. This many-layered mystery grabs on with its fast-paced plot, caper-ish events, and breezy narrative style. Andrey Pogozhev was born in 1912 at Dontsk in the Ukraine, and before the war he worked as a miner and mining engineer. And though his life was a series of escapes – from his name, country and marriage, as well as from Auschwitz – he stayed true to who he was, and to his mission to make the world face the truth about the Holocaust. Over Easter weekend, 1944, he and a fellow resistant, Fred Wetzler, lay in a hollow beneath a woodpile near the perimeter for three days, throwing Nazi dogs off the scent with tobacco soaked in petrol.After 135 pages of brutality, sixteen-year-old Walter Rosenberg (who will become Rudolf Vrba, the first Jew ever known to have broken out of Auschwitz and the subject of this astounding history) witnesses an anomaly: a Familienlager, a section of the camp where Jewish families are kept together, fed, and essentially allowed to have normal lives, as much as you can in a concentration camp. They also altered their uniforms to resemble Waffen-SS soldiers instead of concentration camp guards. Stars — A holocaust survivor, whose bone-jarringly harrowing, frightful and truly epic story and brutally compelling story of survival and ingenuity in the face of absolute evil truly rivals that of not only any human I’ve ever encountered or even heard of. With the help of Vrba’s letters, his first wife, Gerta, his widow, Robin, and numerous scholars, Freedland expertly fills that and many other gaps. He repeats all over the book that Vrba is the first, then he says he's the first Jew to escape "alive" (because there were those who escaped but didn't survive), which is again wrong, very wrong.

For Rudolf Vrba, sent to Auschwitz aged 18, his ‘why’ kept him going through; hard labour, the murder of friends and family, typhoid, watching the offloading of Jewish families at the camp and the systematic looting of their possessions. But lest you believe, as they did, that merely getting the detailed information of what was happening out would change things, there is this: At every juncture, their copious written report (created by resistance forces who grilled them individually for days, fact-checking their reports against each other) met lethargy, procrastination, convenient incredulity allowing inaction, or ineffective action from everyone from Winston Churchill to Franklin Roosevelt to the pope.Even while still in Auschwitz, Vrba had heard rumours that the camp was being expanded to cope with the arrival of about a million Hungarian Jews, the last surviving major European community. Rabbi Leo Baeck, one of the leaders of the Jewish self-administration, had been informed by an anonymous escapee in August 1943. It’s a brilliant insight — one that Rosenberg (later known as Rudolf Vrba, the false identity he took on after his escape) was ideally positioned to reach.



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