The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz has an eye-catching title and jacket copy, but each does the author a disservice. The exchange highlighted so prominently encompasses only 15 pages of the narrative, and it's a bit of a letdown compared to the rest of the author's experiences. The book is actually a gripping war-time memoir that covers Denis Avey's entire military service, from the time he enlists in the Rifle Brigade in 1939 through his repatriation more than five years later. The reader follows him as he fights in the deserts of Africa, is wounded and captured, and is transported to Europe on a ship that is torpedoed by Allied forces along the way. Later he is imprisoned, escapes, is recaptured, and eventually sent on a railway cattle car to labor camp E715 where he performs slave labor alongside Jewish prisoners in the I.G. Farben Buna-Werke industrial complex. Also relayed are Avey's ...
Editor's note: There has been some debate among critics and historians as to the accuracy of Denis Avey's account of his experiences in Auschwitz III. To find out more, check out the video interview with Avey in which he defends his work.
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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