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5.0 out of 5 stars I escaped from Auschwitz, 11 Jun. 2010
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Rudolph Vrba was a prisoner in Nazi death camps from 1942 and on 7 April 1944, he and Alfred Wetzler escaped from Auschwitz death camp and they provided a vivid and highly detailed account that reached the allies about what was happening at the camp, the scale of the killings (he estimated that between April 1942 and April 1944, 1,765,000 Jews had been gassed) and the extermination that was planned for the 800,000 Jews in Hungary, the last great concentration of Jews left untouched at that time by the Nazis. His account of his time in the camp is truly horrific and relentless and you really sense his anger and frustration when after all his efforts to gather information in very risky circumstances the allied governments took no direct action to disrupt or prevent the killings at the death camps even though they knew full well what was taking place.

Vrba's views about this are agonising to read and are very well conveyed. The allies consistantly stated at the time that taking such action was inpracticable but this was disputed then and has been since. My criticism of the allies is not that they tried but failed but that they did not even bother to try.

David Rowland
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