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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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  • 10-01-2021

Excellent true story

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!

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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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