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The Stunning and Emotional Autobiography of an Auschwitz Survivor

April 7, 1944 - This date marks the successful escape of two Slovak prisoners from one of the most heavily-guarded and notorious concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The escapees, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, fled over 100 miles to be the first to give the graphic and detailed descriptions of the atrocities of Auschwitz. 

Originally published in the early 1960s, I Escaped from Auschwitz is the striking autobiography of none other than Rudolf Vrba himself. Vrba details his life leading up to, during, and after his escape from his 21-month internment in Auschwitz. Vrba and Wetzler manage to evade Nazi authorities looking for them and make contact with the Jewish council in Zilina, Slovakia, informing them about the truth of the "unknown destination" of Jewish deportees all across Europe. This first-hand report alerted Western authorities, such as Pope Pius XII, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the reality of Nazi annihilation camps - information that until then had only been recognized as nasty rumors.

©1964, 2020 Rudolf Vrba Archives, LLC (P)2020 Tantor

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Story is good but could have been written a bit better and the narrator delivered this slow and not enthusiastic at the times where it should have been. Story could have been relayed better. But good story.

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  • HoldenS
  • 10-01-2021

Best story from the Holocaust I’ve ever read!

I’ve read and listened to a lot of holocaust memoirs but this one was hard to stop listening to. I had heard the story on TV about this escape but the detail the book goes into is so much better. At first I wasn’t crazy about the narrator but as time went in I realized he was perfect for the story. I highly recommend this true story about one of the very few successful escapes from Auschwitz concentration camp! The detail and depth of the writing is incredible. For example:
“Wearily, he held
out his hand. Immediately, a soldier
handed him a short truncheon. The two soldiers who had been
standing behind me forced me back onto a table, and then he
went to work on my face with an efficiency that made the
earlier efforts of his subordinates seem amateurish, wasteful.
The blows sliced into my face
short, savage blows that
fell with the monotonous regularity of the questions. Names
and addresses trickled to the tip of my tongue only to be sent
scurrying back again by some force in my mind that I did not
know existed.
"You're a spy! Who are your friends? Where do they live?"…….

I couldn’t stop listening. Yes, its a long book but, you dont want it to end.

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  • Susan A.
  • 15-08-2021

brought more understanding

The story is fascinating, a bit redundant. I now see why the Jewish people went without more resistance. The deception was so great. I find human behavior appalling.

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  • Ginger 3701
  • 18-07-2021

Amazingly detailed

An in depth recounting of an incredible escape from Auschwitz. I have read many accounts of this escape but never all the details of it. Rather incredible how it was done even more incredible that these two men were not recaptured. They made it and,as they intended, warned the Jewish community of Hungary of their forth coming fate at the hands of the Nazis. This begs the question. Why, after being warned and given proof, were so many Hungarian Jews murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz? I guess that is a story for another book. This is an excellent book, very informative, easy to listen to and extremely well narrated. My only problem with the narration was minor and that was the volume of the narrator. I wish he had spoken a bit louder. Had to listen with headphones which I do not like to do but, as I said, that was very minor. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Holocaust or World War Two.

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  • 14-12-2021

Chilling

This will make you sick, think, laugh, and maybe cry. Here is five more words.

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  • Christina
  • 22-07-2021

Awesome story. Terrible narrator

I loved the story and wished I had just read the book myself. I think I would have enjoyed it more. The narrator started and stopped speaking in weird places and it made it very hard to follow at times. Like trailing off in mid sentence and rolling one sentence into the other where a pause would normally be. The story however was extremely interesting and heartfelt. It’s worth a listen if that’s your preferred method. If not, than I encourage you to grab the book. I will be purchasing it and reading again as I really did enjoy the true life story of a man who escaped and survived the unsurvivable.

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  • PaulC6230
  • 06-12-2020

Amazing Audiobook

I absolutely loved this audiobook though it is a sad story of the author being in the concentration camps. It's amazing how lucky he was during his time in them and how he managed to stay alive. I'd highly recommend listening to the sample twice before buying this audiobook as the narrator is a bit hit and miss...took me a while to get into the narration plus I had to speed it up to 1.6x speed as I was reading the book while listening to this. Overall I'd recommend this for anyone interested in the history of the holocaust and how people died, survived in the worst atrocity known.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-01-2022

Interesting Account of a tragic occasion

An excellent book, detailed information about the strive for freedom of a brave man. Had a little trouble with names.

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