The escape artist : the man who broke out of Auschwitz to warn the world

Published 2022
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"In April 1944, Rudolf Vrba became the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz -- one of only four who ever pulled off that near-impossible feat. He did it to reveal the truth of the death camp to the world -- and to warn the last Jews of Europe what fate awaited them at the end of the railway line. Against all odds, he and his fellow escapee, Fred Wetzler, climbed mountains, crossed rivers and narrowly missed German bullets until they had smuggled out the first full account of Auschwitz the world had ever seen -- a forensically detailed report that would eventually reach Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the Pope. And yet too few heeded the warning that Vrba--then just nineteen years old -- had risked everything to deliver. Some could not believe it. Others thought it easier to keep quiet. Vrba helped save 200,000 Jewish lives -- but he never stopped believing it could have been so many more"-- Provided by publisher.

First U.S. edition.
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New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2022]
x, 376 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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"Originally published in Great Britain in 2022 by John Murray (Publishers), a Hachette UK Company"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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