Skip to comments.The British soldier who broke into Auschwitz: Denis Avey swapped uniforms with Jewish pal
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 ...
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.
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.
G-d bless this ultra-brave WWII serviceman, Denis Avey.
Guess they won’t teach about this guy in British schools, filled as they are with Muzzies.
Yes. And the Zionists paid him well./sarc
“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.
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.
“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 hell tell you many guards are unsavory fellows, they wouldnt let someone escape, much less for cigarettes and chocolate.”
Really? At what concentration camp was he a guard? World-War-time is different.
Exactly, therefore it would astronomically be more difficult to pull such a feat off!
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?
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.
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.
In Berlin, right after the war ended, cigarettes pretty much were the currency.
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