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Brought to you by Penguin.

With an afterword by John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Eddy de Wind, a Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, was shipped to Auschwitz with his wife, Friedel, whom he had met and married at the Westerbork labour camp in the Netherlands. At Auschwitz, they made it through the brutal selection process and were put to work. Each day, each hour became a battle for survival. 

For Eddy, this meant negotiating with the volatile guards in the medical barracks. For Friedel, it meant avoiding the Nazis’ barbaric medical experiments. As the end of the war approached and the Russian Army drew closer, the last Nazis fled, taking many prisoners with them, including Friedel. Eddy hid under a pile of old clothes and stayed behind. Finding a notebook and pencil, he began to write with furious energy about his experiences. 

Last Stop Auschwitz is an extraordinary account of life as a prisoner, a near real-time record of the daily struggle to survive but also of the flickering moments of joy Eddy and Friedel found in each other - passing notes through the fence, sometimes stealing a brief embrace. Documenting the best and the worst of humanity, it is a unique and timeless story that reminds us of what we as humans are capable of, but that there is hope, even in hell. Thought to be the only complete book written within Auschwitz itself, it will linger with you long after the final minute.

©2020 Eddy de Wind (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"How much I learned from this brave man... The ultimate Holocaust testimony." (Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey)

"Powerful and moving." (Wendy Holden, author of Born Survivors)

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  • Mrs. Lindsay P. Tonner
  • 17-04-2020

heartbreaking

I don’t really know what to say about this book… it was was well written and absolutley horrific. I think everyone should have to read this book but at the same time I don’t want anyone to have to experience the sadness and anger it will provoke. It is believed to be the only complete book written inside Auschwitz and it definitely gave me more deatil, knowledge and understanding of the atrocities that happened there. Although it is a personal account, the author wrote it in the third person and gave the main character the name Hans, as a way of distancing himself from the horrors he experienced. There really aren’t words to do justice to this book. What humans are capable of is so deeply disturbing and it would be easier to just not read books like this one, to pretend that these nightmares can’t be true, but I think we must. No matter how upsetting it is, we have to read the stories by those who survived, to honour them and to believe them.

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  • Athina
  • 25-09-2020

Gripping

I have read many books about this thematic and I am always stunned how the survivors fought to stay alive. Today no one can even imagine how precious the rotten peel of a potato was for them. I always ask myself how these sadistic cruel evil human beings that tortured the inmates slept at nights. How could they live a good life after the terrors were over. pretending they did nothing wrong....

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  • Andrew Davies
  • 02-07-2020

Harrowing First Hand Account , But A Must Read

It says a lot when the Holocaust survivor can’t bring himself to write his witness account and personal story in the first person, and hearing how after the war his life consisted of before, during and after Auchwitz, the nightmare and trauma always present or not far from his mind! The darker side of humanity!

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  • Janet Jones
  • 01-06-2020

Incredible book.

This incredible book is informative and interesting throughout to how things were for people in Auschwitz. The narrator was good.

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