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The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz
is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into the notorious concentration camp, Buna-Monowitz, known as Auschwitz III.
In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labor camp, E715, near the site of 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 firsthand the cruelty of a place where slave workers had been sentenced to death through labor.
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 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 unique insight into the mind of an ordinary man whose moral and physical courage are almost beyond belief.
"During WWII, British soldier Denis Avey was imprisoned at E715, a labor camp near Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III. While at E715, Avey decided to break out of prison and into Auschwitz to see its horrors firsthand. After disguising himself as a Jewish inmate, Avey entered Auschwitz and even witnessed the death march, in which thousands of prisoners were slaughtered in the face of advancing Soviet troops. James Langton ably narrates this audio version of Avey and Broomby's international bestseller. Although Langton's mellifluous tones his voice light, fluting, and delicate are occasionally at odds with the brutal ugliness of the tale, his narration is well paced and steady. Additionally, Langton uses the silence between sentences to punctuate the narrative, allowing those pauses to remind listeners that behind the story's excitement and valor remained a regular man who bore witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. A Da Capo hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This is a most important book, and a timely reminder of the dangers that face any society once intolerance and racism take hold." ---Sir Martin Gilbert
"Langton ably narrates this audio version of Avey and Broomby's international bestseller.…His narration is well paced and steady." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review
The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into the notorious concentration camp, Buna-Monowitz, known as Auschwitz III.
About the Author
Denis Avey is a British World War II veteran who was born in Essex, England, in 1919. He joined the army in 1939 and fought in the desert campaigns of North Africa, where he was captured and held by the German military in a camp adjacent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. In 2010, he was named a British Hero of the Holocaust by the British Government. He currently lives in Derbyshire, England. Rob Broomby is a BBC journalist who first chronicled Denis Avey's story of breaking into the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.