The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

Paperback Published on: 25/05/2023
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The Escape Artist
A compelling and hugely important book
The phrase "a book everyone should read" is massively overused, but in this case it is entirely apposite. This is a tale of survival against the odds which... READ MORE
Sam E
The Escape Artist
A Superlative of the genre.
For all WWII and Holocaust books that are released every year it's easy to let them all slip by you... Read this one, if nothing else. I truly believe th... READ MORE
Aaron Myles
The Escape Artist
A Difficult and Important Book
A difficult read, not because this is not extremely well written, because it is, but because of the subject matter. Freedland does a fantastic job of recre... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Escape Artist
An very important book!
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of this book. There are a number of books about the Holocaust and I feel this is one of most important... READ MORE
Kerry-Anne from Waterstones Newry


Anne Frank. Primo Levi. Oskar Schindler. Rudolf Vrba. In April 1944 nineteen-year-old Rudolf Vrba and fellow inmate Fred Wetzler became the first Jews ever to break out of Auschwitz. Under electrified fences and past armed watchtowers, evading thousands of SS men and slavering dogs, they trekked across marshlands, mountains and rivers to freedom. Vrba's mission: to reveal to the world the truth of the Holocaust. In the death factory of Auschwitz, Vrba had become an eyewitness to almost every chilling stage of the Nazis' process of industrialised murder. The more he saw, the more determined he became to warn the Jews of Europe what fate awaited them. A brilliant student of science and mathematics, he committed each detail to memory, risking everything to collect the first data of the Final Solution. After his escape, that information would form a priceless thirty-two-page report that would reach Roosevelt, Churchill and the pope and eventually save over 200,000 lives. But the escape from Auschwitz was not his last. After the war, he kept running - from his past, from his home country, from his adopted country, even from his own name. Few knew of the truly extraordinary deed he had done. Now, at last, Rudolf Vrba's heroism can be known - and he can take his place alongside those whose stories define history's darkest chapter.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781529369069
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 340g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm

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The Escape Artist
Compelling, insightful and thoughtful
I really enjoyed this book. It is about the story of one person in particular who escaped Auschwitz and how and why he managed to escape. It tells the ... READ MORE
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