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A tough story of survival,
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This review is from: I Escaped from Auschwitz (Paperback)
Extremely good book. Very well written. I had noticed the author in the 'Shoah' TV series. He was different from other survivors, an acid humor, unyielding. The book is very tough of course. It is also very precise. Rudolf Vrba is one of the few survivors of the '1st period' of Auschwitz (because the level violence was having 'negative effects' the Nazis improved the conditions in the '2nd period' for example the great book of Primo Levi is entirely in the '2nd period'). The author, with luck, instinct and toughness, managed to raise to become a camp 'prominenz' e.g. one of those who should not be concerned with hunger and immediate survival. This placed him in a position to escape, which he did. Because of that, he gathered a precise knowledge of the camps (Auschwitz and Birkenau) topology and defenses against escapes. This is very interesting. He then went on to escape, and to tell the world about it.