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

The escape artist : the man who broke out of Auschwitz to warn the world / Jonathan Freedland.


"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. This is the story of a brilliant yet troubled man-a gifted 'escape artist' who even as a teenager understood that the difference between truth and lies can be the difference between life and death, a man who deserves to take his place alongside Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler and Primo Levi as one of the handful of individuals whose stories define our understanding of the Holocaust." --publisher's website.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063112339
  • ISBN: 0063112337
  • Physical Description: x, 376 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, facsimilies, portraits, photographs ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2022 by John Murray (Publishers), a Hachette UK Company" --title verso page.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-359) and index (pages 363-376).
Formatted Contents Note:
The preparations -- The camp -- The escape -- The report -- The shadow.
Subject: Vrba, Rudolf.
Wetzler, Alfréd, 1918-1988.
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Nazi concentration camp escapes > Poland.
Nazi concentration camp inmates > Poland.
World War, 1939-1945 > Jews.
World War, 1939-1945 > Auschwitz (Concentration camp)

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  • 20 of 27 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Crawford County.


  • 1 current hold with 27 total copies.
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Crawford County Library-Bourbon 940.53 FRE (Text) 33431000709046 New Non-Fiction Available -

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