THE TRUE story of a World War Two British prisoner of war who marched willingly into Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III, is told in a new book.
The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz is the remarkable story of Denis Avey who, while being held in a neighbouring POW labour camp in the summer of 1944, swapped places with a Jewish prisoner to smuggle himself into Auschwitz.
He saw the daily beatings, the random murders and heard of the gas chambers and crematoria. He feared few would survive to tell the world.
“I was determined to witness what I could so that one day the perpetrators would be held to account,” he says.
After meticulous planning, he shaved his head, smeared dirt on his face and swapped uniforms with the Dutch jew to go into Auschwitz.
On two occasions he slept alongside the Jewish prisoners three to a bunk to get the names of the SS men who inflicted such misery.
The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz is a 20th century saga; the story of a young soldier who joins up, not for king and country, but for adventure and discovers the morality of his war on the perimeter of Auschwitz.
l Denis, now aged 92 and living in Bradwell, will be at the WH Smith store in Buxton on Saturday, from 11am onwards, to sign copies of his new book.