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on 28 February 2008
Today the Holocaust is known by the majority of the Western World and Auschwitz is a cornerstone of that knowledge. It is perhaps true that Jewish accounts represent the majority of the literature which depicts what happened during a genocide the likes of which the world could hardly believe had taken place when the war was over. Yet, for better or worse, those accounts helped and continue to help readers understand what these men, women, and children had to go through. This book represents, for me, the first time I have ever read an account from a Red Army Prisoner of War (POW) who had gone through Auschwitz in its early days, escaped, and then was able to confront his tormentors in court decades later and help to imprison them.

This is not an easy read, beatings, mass murder, executions, torture, and death are evident on practically every page of this small but powerful book. The author talks about how much he and some of those around him endured, suffered, witnessed, and overcame. Survival was not a daily endurance test but one that was fought every second of every minute. A wrong word, a wrong expression, and a wrong movement would be enough to get one beaten, tortured, and even killed. How humanity can stoop to such cruelty and barbarity is something that we might never understand, but to understand what it means for those caught on the other side is a necessity. This book goes far in making sure that we get a glimpse of what those caught in a hell on earth had to confront.
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on 17 July 2016
Like many ordinary humane people, I seek out the those areas of history which show great outputs of cruelty and abuse, along with loss of dignity experienced by the innocent and decent part of humanity. Nazism and Communism, as shown by Germany and her allies plus the USSR under Stalin and Beria, provide the most flagrant of such evil. Andrey Pogozhev provided an excellent account of his sufferings and other experiences in an "university" whose curriculum was finding the best way to torture and kill as many people as possible. I found his account well expressed, and would recommend it for anyone wanting an easy to read biography of a man who was made to study and endure the theory and practice of living in a hell. Schools should have such Holocaust personal experiences on their essential to read list.
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on 21 July 2014
Having visited Auschwitz earlier this year I found this storey spell bounding and very true account of what happened as told by the guides
During our visit...
I would recommend this book as I could not put it down .
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on 9 March 2014
An interesting first hand account of one man's escape from hell. In fact he had several escapes, through a mixture of luck, courage and intelligence. At times the writing didn't seem to flow well, which may be because the author is not a professional writer and presumably the book is translated. Also, he goes into a lot of detail about some things in the camp, but then glosses over things at the end (subsequent escapes and the trial) which I believe needed more detail.

The book is more about Auschwitz concentration camp life than escape, but its interesting and authentic.
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on 22 April 2014
I found this to be an entirely perspective on the ordeals inmates of Auschwitz had to face. This gives the Russian POW perspective and it is amazing any of them survived. Talk about tough!!
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on 6 March 2015
A shocking account of this man's time spent in Auschwitz. Quite remarkable that he managed to escape and tell his story. I know for sure the Nazis are burning in hell for their crimes.
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on 15 February 2014
Very good story,the hell this guy went through nothing short of a miracle,even though we all know what went on in auschwitz,a really good read of daily life as a Russian prisoner.
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on 27 June 2014
What horror and unimaginable suffering. How on earth anyone survived the appalling treatment these Russian prisoners had in Auschwitz. A well written book that keeps you engaged
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on 22 June 2014
I have seen this film the book is just as good lots of detail of how things was we said never again but today ????????
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on 22 December 2014
good, but what the people went through, hard to belive,
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