• The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz

  • A True Story of World War II
  • By: Denis Avey, Rob Broomby
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-10-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III. In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there, and he was determined to witness what he could. He hatched a plan to swap places with a Jewish inmate and smuggled himself into his sector of the camp.
He spent the night there on two occasions and experienced at first-hand the cruelty of a place where slave workers had been sentenced to death through labour. Astonishingly, he survived to witness the aftermath of the Death March in which thousands of prisoners were murdered by the Nazis as the Soviet Army advanced. After his own long trek right across central Europe he was repatriated to Britain.
For decades he couldn't bring himself to revisit the past that haunted his dreams, but now Denis Avey feels able to tell the full story - a tale as gripping as it is moving - which offers us a unique insight into the mind of an ordinary man whose moral and physical courage are almost beyond belief.
©2011 Denis Avey with Rob Broomby (P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rod Tatchell on 12-26-11

Well worth listening to

What did you love best about The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz?

Fascinating account. I enjoyed the additional autobiographical detail and it was easy to empathize with the author. Well written and authentically narrated. The story is so astonishing that at times I found myself wondering if it could be true but the details seemed sufficiently plausible and I was absorbed from beginning to end.

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Same as title

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ilse on 05-13-12

Captivating. Definitely worth reading/listening

Would you listen to The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz again? Why?

Yes I would, although the story stuck with me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, luckily enough I took it for long runs!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 08-18-11

Man's inhumanity to man.

Having just come back from Krakow and a vistit to Auschwitz this book was so so real. I could see the camps in my minds eye. Having wittnesed this and read the book I can honestly say it brings to light the horrors of the Solution. The way Dennis tells his story and relates, especially for me, the incident regarding the crying child, just makes you sick to the core. Although many soldiers dont like to talk about what they went through, I feel its so important that we keep the light burning about this period in our recent history. Especially for today's youth and tomorrows. After all, if not for Dennis and people like him....none of us may have ever existed. This book should be included as a must for historians of the period. A simple story but so well told. You will shed tears.

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20 of 20 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 11-29-11

one of the best audio books I have heard

In the words of the man himself, a true account of real hero. It moved me laughter and sorrow. I found this story of one man's experience of the war to be enlightening and harrowing at the same time. Highly recommended.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ally on 05-27-16

A bit boring to listen to

Although the story is very riveting the narration is to me very boring. Disappointed. The narrator could have been more expressive.

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