Books

I escaped from Auschwitz – Rudolf Vrba

Another interesting book review for you today! I can’t belief I hadn’t heard this story before as this is so interesting as well as life changing for people to know what went on when the war was still going on. As well as the fact that it showed how lot of people where failed by their own country’s how many people could have survived.

What is the book about?

The Stunning and Emotional Autobiography of an Auschwitz Survivor April 7, 1944-This date marks the successful escape of two Slovak prisoners from one of the most heavily-guarded and notorious concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The escapees, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, fled over one hundred miles to be the first to give the graphic and detailed descriptions of the atrocities of Auschwitz. Originally published in the early 1960s, I Escaped from Auschwitz is the striking autobiography of none other than Rudolf Vrba himself. Vrba details his life leading up to, during, and after his escape from his 21-month internment in Auschwitz. Vrba and Wetzler manage to evade Nazi authorities looking for them and make contact with the Jewish council in Zilina, Slovakia, informing them about the truth of the unknown destination of Jewish deportees all across Europe. This first-hand report alerted Western authorities, such as Pope Pius XII, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the reality of Nazi annihilation camps-information that until then had only been recognized as nasty rumors. I Escaped from Auschwitz is a close-up look at the horror faced by the Jewish people in Auschwitz and across Europe during World War II. This newly edited translation of Vrba’s memoir will leave readers reeling at the terrors faced by those during the Holocaust. Despite the profound emotions brought about by this narrative, readers will also find an astounding story of heroism and courage in the face of seemingly hopeless circumstances. I found the summary here

My thoughts

I think this book was interesting as it showed a different side to Auschwitz than we saw in the last book review. As well as the fact that it showed how incredible resilient the human mind it. How people risked their lives to help. I liked that the book wasn’t only about Auschwitz but also the journey of Rudolf Vrba to sadly get send there as well as the journey to freedom. A heartbreaking but interesting read. It is more factual than the other book. Rudolf Vrba is such an interesting person to learn more about and I think this is a great book to read and to learn.

Documantary

I do understand however that some people do not like reading or have a hard time with it. So I did find a documentary that tells the story of Rudolf Vrba. It is obviously not as detailed as the book but certainly worth the watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIecD1PBkVA&t=254s

If the video doesn’t work, click here.

Also to note the kapo’s (I am not sure how you write it and I couldn’t find it) in all books I have read where German prisoners. Example a man that was German but a murderer so he would be the ‘head’ of a house there and have more ‘privilege’ than the rest of the prisoners (most of those being jewish). I am not saying jewish kapo’s weren’t a thing because I don’t know but in most book this isn’t usually the case. Rudolf Vrba also said he could chose where the number would be tattooed while later on I am pretty sure everyone got it on their arm.

Lots of love, Melissa

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