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The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz [Kindle Edition]

Denis Avey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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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)

This memoir is an important contribution to a terrible chapter in history. (Daily Express)

Denis is a hero in time of terror, a man of limitless moral and physical courage. (Henry Kamm, New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner)

'This is the most amazing Holocaust memoir it's been my good fortune to read...this is a beautiful, uplifting book about a real ben adom, a mensch, who saw evil and, instead of averting his eyes, did what he could to help the victims'. (Washington Jewish Week)

an excellent memoir of survival. (Publishers Weekly)

A unique war story from a brave man. (Kirkus)

This is the incredible story of British soldier Denis Avey who broke into Auschwitz to uncover the horrors that were concealed there by the Nazis...This is a brutal account of what he experienced. There are some who doubt his story but don't let that ruin this extraordinary book. (Press Association)

THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ will take your breath away. (La revista de Ana Rosa (Spain))

What starts as an act of reportage then becomes a moving and ultimately triumphant story of survival. (Belfast Telegraph)

'Exceptional'. (Morgenpost (Germany))

An astonishing heroic tale of a steady character. (Jüdische Zeitung (Germany))

'An admirable story'. (Periodista digital (Spain))

'A remarkable story'. (De Telegraaf (Holland))

A 'strange, brave and bracing story'. (Canberra Times)

Review

'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 'This memoir is an important contribution to a terrible chapter in history.' -- Daily Express 'Denis is a hero in time of terror, a man of limitless moral and physical courage.' -- Henry Kamm, New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner 'This is the most amazing Holocaust memoir it's been my good fortune to read...this is a beautiful, uplifting book about a real ben adom, a mensch, who saw evil and, instead of averting his eyes, did what he could to help the victims'. -- Washington Jewish Week 'an excellent memoir of survival.' -- Publishers Weekly 'A unique war story from a brave man.' -- Kirkus 'This is the incredible story of British soldier Denis Avey who broke into Auschwitz to uncover the horrors that were concealed there by the Nazis...This is a brutal account of what he experienced. There are some who doubt his story but don't let that ruin this extraordinary book.' -- Press Association 'THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ will take your breath away.' -- La revista de Ana Rosa (Spain) 'What starts as an act of reportage then becomes a moving and ultimately triumphant story of survival.' -- Belfast Telegraph 'Exceptional'. -- Morgenpost (Germany) 'An astonishing heroic tale of a steady character.' -- Judische Zeitung (Germany) 'An admirable story'. -- Periodista digital (Spain) 'A remarkable story'. -- De Telegraaf (Holland) A 'strange, brave and bracing story'. -- Canberra Times

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444714163
  • Publisher: Hodder (31 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UEL9UM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might expect... 23 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book having seen Mr Avey on a regional news program, and being fascinated with the idea of reading an account of someone who would willingly inter themselves in a Nazi death-camp.

When my copy arrived I was thrilled, looking forward to a really in-depth account of life for an intended victim of the holocaust, based on an eyewitness account.

Having fully read and digested this book, I won't tell anyone considering it NOT to purchase it, as it is fascinating. However, it is NOT a book about Auschwitz. Mr Avey's experiences in Auschwitz accounts for maybe 10% of this well written and thought provoking book.

As an account of the life, experiences, and aftermath of a Second World War combat veteran and POW, it is truly brilliant. From his experiences in the desert campaign, to his time in Auschwitz, through to how he eventually came to terms with what he saw, this is a book that anyone wanting to understand why intolerance and extremism cannot EVER be allowed to triumph must read.

So if you want to read an account of a man's life that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you question why we've not learnt the lessons of the past, read this book. If you want a comprehensive account of the processes and human tales of the holocaust, maybe try another book.

Still a 5 star read though, and definitely one to get!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb story 4 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is an inspiring book. I have heard Denis Avey speaking. He is a dignified and genuine man, a true hero who only began to tell his life story recently and only when it was forced out of him by interviewers. I have read the first review on this page talking about Charles Coward and Coward's claims to have done exactly what Denis did in breaking into Auschwitz. Readers should be aware that there are major question marks over Coward's account. The book about his life, John Castle's 'The Password is Courage,' was, as Coward described it, a novelisation. The film was even further from the cold truth. Anyone seeking the truth should read the entries about Coward on the Norbert Wollheim archive website, which express doubts. Even more powerfully, former POW at the E715 camp, Doug Bond, is on the internet (in the Ex-POW Association newsletter) saying that Coward made up his experiences or borrowed them from other POWs. Bond says he talked to other ex-POWs at the camp and they shared his views. Anyone reading Denis Avey's book will understand that he was just the sort of man who would take enormous risks to try to set right a wrong. He has never walked past on the other side. Read the book. It is an amazing story and he is an amazing man.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man with true balls 5 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the story of one mans journey through the second world war and the efects that it had on his life after. It brings home the horrors of war and that it even damages the victors but there is no such thing as a one sided truce.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in over sixty years 29 May 2011
By Hils
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 78 year old mother who had not read a book, in her words, since 1947 but such was her interest in this true story on having seen the gentleman on television that she wanted to attempt to read it. To her surprise it grabbed her, forcing her to read just one more page and then another until she could barely put it down. Gripping, horrifying, heart-rending at times, a reminder why such events must never be forgotten.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly realistic 21 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on a whim and was a bit disappointed when I got it home and realised that I had seen the TV documentary. The book is, however, far more than that. It documents Dennis's war years in the desert and is one of the most shockingly realistic accounts of war that I have read, and I have read an AWFUL lot about wars, especially WW2.

I learned about the holocaust as a young teenager and was profoundly shocked by what I had read. To such an extent that I recoiled from it. It wouldn't go to see Schindler's List for example, because I knew all about it and did not want to have to sit through it again. Somehow, Dennis Avey's story got through that armour-plating and that's why I wanted to buy this book. I was not disappointed and I can heartily recommend it, even if you have seen the documentary.

A couple of things stood out about the account, aside from the main thrust of getting into the concentration camp. The account of the sinking of the ship in which he was being transported across the Mediterranean and the twist about that right at the end of the book, along with his 'sojourn' in South Africa, where he could so easily have stayed and seen out the war - but he didn't.

In my view, Dennis Avey represents a man of his times. His description of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder should be required reading for those who say (or don't say, but think) that today's armed forces are less resilient than those of WW2. Read and be prepared to change your mind.

Occasionally, the writing seems very naive, but this seems to manifest itself at the beginning and it is clear that Rob Broomby has earned his corn in the co-writing of the book.

What have I learned from the book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, worth reading 1 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I did not know what this book would be like, never the less I purchased it. From the start I could not put it down.
It is good that this has been recorded,for the future. How any race can treat other in such a way, but I will not dwell on that. Hopefully lessons have been learnt.
The book its self, is interesting from start to finish. Buy it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
A facinating insight into another life and another world altogether. If you find the holocaust interesting you have to read this book
Published 8 days ago by Pipsqueak
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
You often find with military books that they are over detailed but with this it is quick and to the point. The stories will touch even the hardest of characters! Read more
Published 10 days ago by E. H.
1.0 out of 5 stars THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ.
Knowing about the notoriety surrounding this book - it has been claimed that much of it is fictional, that the author (imprisoned in the nearby labour camp known as E517 and not... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Tracy Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking into Auschwitz
It is such an unusual book and feat that I am not sure that I believed it and really lost interest half way through. Read more
Published 1 month ago by emell
5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
This a compelling story and one that kept me captivated all the way through. This is a book that everyone should read.
Published 1 month ago by Will
3.0 out of 5 stars Item was as ordered
I Chose this rating as the item was as ordered and as how I expected
delivery was as stated when ordered
Published 2 months ago by David S Ford
1.0 out of 5 stars book is fiction not fact
This book was exposed as fraudulent in 2013. It is a work of pure fabricated fiction which does nothing to help the author & publisher . Read more
Published 2 months ago by pemsbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and often disturbing account of a wonderful man's life
This book will keep you turning the page to find out what happened next. The difference between this and an exciting novel is that this actually happened! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Jm Mcgow
4.0 out of 5 stars better to light one candle than curse the darkness
Denis Avery fought and was captured in North Africa, was torpedoed on an Italian POW ship, washed up and recaptured in Greece, transported to Auschwitz as slave labour, escaped on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nigel Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars The man who broke into auschwitz
Very good book . Should be read by all school children as part of there history or English exams. A must read for all. We should never forget
Published 3 months ago by Ccsadler
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