The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The astonishing, forgotten story of the hero who escaped from Auschwitz to reveal the truth of the Holocaust.
In April 1944, a teenager named Rudolf Vrba was planning a daring and unprecedented escape from Auschwitz. After hiding in a pile of timber planks for three days while 3,000 SS men and their bloodhounds searched for him, Vrba and his fellow escapee Fred Wetzler would eventually cross Nazi-occupied Poland on foot, as penniless fugitives. Their mission: to tell the world the truth of the Final Solution.
Vrba would produce from memory a breathtaking report of more than thirty pages revealing the true nature and scale of Auschwitz—a report that would find its way to Roosevelt, Churchill and the Pope, eventually saving over 200,000 Jewish lives.
A thrilling history with enormous historical implications, The Escape Artist is the extraordinary story of a complex man who would seek escape again and again: first from Auschwitz, then from his past, even from his own name. In telling his story, Jonathan Freedland—the journalist, broadcaster and acclaimed, multi-million copy selling author of the Sam Bourne novels—ensures that Rudolf Vrba's heroic mission will also escape oblivion.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 47 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||09 June 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 306 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Judaism (Audible Books & Originals)
3 in Military History of Prisoners of War
4 in Military History (Audible Books & Originals)
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Until The Escape Artist changed my mind.
First of all, it's not "just" a holocaust book. It's about an incredible man and his quest to escape Auschwitz and tell the world.
Second, we learn through the eyes of our flawed hero Rudolf Vrba the facts and details of the Nazi slave camps and their death camps. Following his discoveries brings them fresh and sharp into the heart.
Third, the book follows his attempts to bring the truth to the world, and his infuriating, frustrating, failures. In doing so Freedland is both forgiving of human frailties while leaving the reader to condemn.
Truth, information, action. As authoritarianism and the climate crisis loom, the careful, sensitive yet fiery way Freedland explores the connection between these three words - as his hero did thoughout his troubled and vibrant life - is a powerful lesson to us all.
And it is an escape story.A very unique escape.The tension is unbearable-even knowing the outcome doesn't lessen it given the involvement we have by that time in the life of Walter.
This book will stay long in my memory.
Unfortunately I doubt it will mean anything to today's crop of would be Nazi's.
Following the escape the mystery of why knowledge of the atrocities did not provide either the political power nor the self-preservation instinct to halt the holocaust is well explored as is the aftermath of the experiences.
A very remarkable and well written book.
The narrative starts in Nazi dominated Slovakia, continues through German prison camps, ending with the post-escape period of Vrba’s life.
The account of the brutality he witnessed and experience in Auchwitz and Birkenau is graphic and haunting. Nevertheless, his strength of mind and spirit of self preservation did not break.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, with the caveat that the reader should be aware that the narrative contains detail that is at times horrifying; certainly, this book is not for everyone.