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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 19 April 2017
I'm not belittling at all the hell that this man went through. He survived what is probably the most horrific and disgusting episode of human history and his account of life inside Auschwitz paints a picture well enough to understand something of this. However, the escape is a tiny proportion of the book and his wanderings in the Carpathian Mountains only a couple of sentences of overview. Yet I'd hoped that this was the main focus as the title and summary suggests. It would be better titled 'Inside Auschwitz' or something similar. Don't buy this unless you want a graphic account of the atrocities which were committed inside that camp.
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on 23 January 2018
Interesting read but I found it a little difficult to follow.
The book is worth the read if only to realise how lucky we are today.
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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 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 12 January 2017
Very interesting.
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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 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 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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