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The British soldier who broke into Auschwitz: Denis Avey swapped uniforms with Jewish pal
Daily Mail ^

Posted on 04/01/2011 4:44:03 AM PDT by nuconvert

A former British soldier and prisoner of war has recalled the horror he felt after swapping uniforms with a Dutch Jew - and breaking into Auschwitz.

Denis Avey, 92, was captured during World War II and sent to the IG Farben plant, known as Auschwitz III, where the deadly gas was produced. But when Mr Avey was told about the mass killings and smelled the horrendous stench from nearby crematoriums he vowed to witness the atrocities for himself.

The brave soldier bribed guards with cigarettes and swapped uniforms with a Dutch Jew who was roughly the same height. With the risk of almost certain death, he broke into the deadly camp and witnessed for himself the 'vaguely human' corpses piling up each day.

Mr Avey has now for the first time told the incredible story in a book called The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz. He recalls using the cigarettes and chocolate from Red Cross packages to bribe guards during weeks of preparation.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; book; british; denisavey; unitedkingdom; worldwareleven; wwii

1 posted on 04/01/2011 4:44:09 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Wow...sounds like something from a Vonnegut book.


2 posted on 04/01/2011 4:46:34 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Tainan

Sounds like something Obamao would wish on certain Americans.


3 posted on 04/01/2011 4:55:10 AM PDT by Carley (UNION AGITATORS, NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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4 posted on 04/01/2011 5:50:53 AM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: nuconvert

Stories like this make me wish I could take the jerks who deny this all happened and slam their face into the screen. These deniers make me sick! God bless this man for his courage and wisdom!


5 posted on 04/01/2011 6:11:47 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: nuconvert

Everyone should know about the great hero of Auschwitz, RUDI VRBA, who was the first escapee. He and another Jewish prisoner escaped and made their way to Hungary, to warn the Jewish leaders there about the extermination camps and to urge them to resist the impending deportations. The head of the Hungarian Jewish leadership, Eric Kastner, used the information to get his own family and friends out, but did not inform the Jews of Hungary, who were shipped off to the death camps. Vrba wrote a book about it, the original title was “I Cannot Forgive” and then it was republished, I think as “I Escaped Auschwitz”. A great book, a great man, who was never welcomed or honored in Israel.


6 posted on 04/01/2011 6:29:06 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: nuconvert

He’s obviously just part of a Zionist conspiracy to invent a Holocaust that never happened./sarc


7 posted on 04/01/2011 6:57:01 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

I don’t believe this story for a moment. Just some guy trying to make some quick cash for his kids.

So he’s in a camp, but bribes a guard with cigarretes to escape, trades place with a Dutch Jew to sneak into a concentration camp to see what’s happening there so he can tell the world. Funny thing is, he doesn’t tell the world till 60 years later.

So if he could sneak out of the camp, why would he sneak back into the camp he previously was in? And why would the Dutch Jew go back to his concentration camp? If you were them, wouldn’t you take off running!?

Could you sneak out of the local prison and then sneak into another local prison in your local area? Heck no. Well obviously those prison camps in WWII were packed to the gills with guards and machine gun towers. Seriously it’s a total scam.


8 posted on 04/01/2011 7:10:26 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

Here’s another mistake in the story. He bribes the guards with cigarettes and chocolate from the Red Cross package. Don’t you think the guards would already be rummaging through those care packages? And would you, as a prison guard, let some prisoner escape and come back in for chocolate and a smoke? I sure as heck wouldn’t risk it for chocolate when I could just take it right out of their care packages for myself.


9 posted on 04/01/2011 7:14:51 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

I feel somewhat the same disbelief.

Why haven’t we heard this story long before?


10 posted on 04/01/2011 7:26:09 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

Yeah, so this guy sends the Dutch Jew right back into his concentration camp. Come on!!!

Sneaking out of one prison would be a monumental feat in of itself. But sneaking in and out of 2 prisons — no freaking way!

Who in their right mind would sneak into a concentration camp as a prisoner?


11 posted on 04/01/2011 7:30:02 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

What is your point?


12 posted on 04/01/2011 7:58:25 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: kabumpo

Witold Pilecki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witold_Pilecki


13 posted on 04/01/2011 7:59:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jmaroneps37

“Stories like this make me wish I could take the jerks who deny this all happened and slam their face into the screen. These deniers make me sick! God bless this man for his courage and wisdom!”

Ike anticipated there would be people who try to deny this happened. He made sure as much documentation was done as possible.
People that deny the extermination of Jews during WW2 are truly demented humans.

There have been of course some individual stories that turn out to have been made up or embellished however.


14 posted on 04/01/2011 8:13:12 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: Jewbacca

My point is this old guy is running a scam to make money off of a serious event.


15 posted on 04/01/2011 8:28:15 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

And I love the word “pal”.

“Here ya go, pal. Just put this uniform back on and march back into that death camp. Nice knowing ya’, pal.”

Doesn’t pass the smell test.


16 posted on 04/01/2011 8:47:52 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE; MrInvisible; nuconvert

From the last paragrph of the article: “The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has honoured Mr Avey with a diploma. A spokesman in Israel said: ‘We feel that his story is genuine,’ adding that a fellow survivor corroborated his account to the foundation’s satisfaction.”

I’ve known several holocaust survivors who never discussed their experiences with their family or anyone else for DECADES due to many reasons: wanting to forget & move one; not wanting to hurt family members;survivor’s guilt; and, as stated in this article, not being believed when they tried.


17 posted on 04/01/2011 10:42:34 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

If you go to France, it’s hard NOT to find a Frenchman who’s father/mother/uncle was in La Resistance or who hid a Jewish family in their attic.

I remain somewhat skeptical based on the author’s own account of the story.


18 posted on 04/01/2011 11:37:14 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

Yeah but sneaking in and out of 2 prisons with guards who would machine guy you down in a New York minute?

Do you think you could pull off sneaking in and out of 2 prisons in your area even though they don’t have machine guns and guards ready to cap you? No way. And then he sends the Dutch Jew back into the prison camp? Why didn’t they take off for allied lines?


19 posted on 04/01/2011 11:37:29 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

I really want to believe his story, but it just seems so far-fetched.


20 posted on 04/01/2011 11:38:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

At your local prison, could you bribe a guard with some kind of food item to let you escape? There’s no way that a soldier of the 3rd Reich would let someone escape in and out. That soldier would know he’d face the firing squad if he did something like this. Hmmm chocolate is so good that I don’t fear the firing squad and possibly my family in Munich being imprisoned, hmmm let me think.

This man’s story is for gullible people.


21 posted on 04/01/2011 11:44:02 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible
So if he could sneak out of the camp, why would he sneak back into the camp he previously was in? And why would the Dutch Jew go back to his concentration camp? If you were them, wouldn’t you take off running!?

The only holocaust survivor I ever met talked about sneaking out of the camp at night and stealing eggs and such to bring back and share with his family and friends.

22 posted on 04/01/2011 12:08:13 PM PDT by bad company (There are no illegal guns, just undocumented firearms.)
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To: nuconvert

G-d bless this ultra-brave WWII serviceman, Denis Avey.


23 posted on 04/01/2011 7:51:47 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never 'free'.)
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Thanks nuconvert.

Guess they won’t teach about this guy in British schools, filled as they are with Muzzies.


24 posted on 04/02/2011 7:27:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: MrInvisible

Yes. And the Zionists paid him well./sarc


25 posted on 04/02/2011 10:11:18 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: MrInvisible

“Then, during a radio interview a few years ago he opened up and told his story, and since then has gained recognition for his bravery from Holocaust organisations and politicians.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has honoured Mr Avey with a diploma. A spokesman in Israel said: ‘We feel that his story is genuine,’ adding that a fellow survivor corroborated his account to the foundation’s satisfaction.”

I’m still skeptical, but the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation says they have corroboration.


26 posted on 04/02/2011 10:57:07 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Do you think you could sneak into your local prison and escape by bribing the guards with cigarettes? And ... then sneak into a second prison across town and sneak out and then come right back into the previous one? Are you serious. Think it through. My brother was a prison guard for many years and while he’ll tell you many guards are unsavory fellows, they wouldn’t let someone escape, much less for cigarettes and chocolate.


27 posted on 04/04/2011 11:14:50 AM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

“Do you think you could sneak into your local prison and escape by bribing the guards with cigarettes? And ... then sneak into a second prison across town and sneak out and then come right back into the previous one? Are you serious. Think it through. My brother was a prison guard for many years and while he’ll tell you many guards are unsavory fellows, they wouldn’t let someone escape, much less for cigarettes and chocolate.”

Really? At what concentration camp was he a guard? World-War-time is different.


28 posted on 04/04/2011 2:15:48 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Exactly, therefore it would astronomically be more difficult to pull such a feat off!


29 posted on 04/04/2011 2:59:01 PM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: Eleutheria5

If a cop in present day were to do such a thing, he’d probably get fired or put in jail. But in a world war, I’m sure a guard caught doing that would face the firing squad. That said, can you possibly imagine a guard letting someone sneak in and out of camps for a couple of pieces of chocolate that he could have stolen himself out of the Red Cross packages?


30 posted on 04/04/2011 3:00:47 PM PDT by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

In a world war, chocolates and cigarettes are currency and very valuable on the black market, and the Red Cross has delivered packages to POWs in more wars than any POW camp guard has ever had opportunities to steal them. They have their own ways of stopping pilfering, such as not letting guards distribute them.


31 posted on 04/04/2011 3:18:06 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: MrInvisible

No, so chocolates and cigarettes aren’t something you can go into a 7-11 and get. They’re worth a lot on the black market. You have no idea what things were actually like then.

I’m not saying the story is true. It could be false. But so long as there is an organization looking into the matter, and they say there’s corroboration from a witness, let’s hear from the witness.


32 posted on 04/04/2011 3:24:46 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5
No, so chocolates and cigarettes aren’t something you can go into a 7-11 and get. They’re worth a lot on the black market. You have no idea what things were actually like then.

In Berlin, right after the war ended, cigarettes pretty much were the currency.

33 posted on 04/04/2011 3:25:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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