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Auschwitz: A British POW's Eyewitness Account | [Colin Rushton]

Auschwitz: A British POW's Eyewitness Account

In 1942 the young soldier Arthur Dodd was taken prisoner by the German Army and transported to Oswiecim in Polish Upper Silesia. The Germans gave it another name, now synonymous with mankind’s darkest hours. They called it Auschwitz. Forced to do hard labour, starved and savagely beaten, Arthur thought his life would end in Auschwitz. Determined to go down fighting, he sabotaged Nazi industrial work, risked his life to alleviate the suffering of the Jewish prisoners, and aided a partisan group planning a mass breakout.
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In 1942 the young soldier Arthur Dodd was taken prisoner by the German Army and transported to Oswiecim in Polish Upper Silesia. The Germans gave it another name, now synonymous with mankind’s darkest hours. They called it Auschwitz. Forced to do hard labour, starved and savagely beaten, Arthur thought his life would end in Auschwitz.

Determined to go down fighting, he sabotaged Nazi industrial work, risked his life to alleviate the suffering of the Jewish prisoners, and aided a partisan group planning a mass breakout. This shocking story sheds new light on the operations at the camp, exposes a hierarchy of prisoner treatment by the SS and presents the largely unknown story of military POWs held there.

©2013 Joe Jameson (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 04-04-13
    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.

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    "Brits in Auschwitz - WHO KNEW? Well Told."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Auschwitz to be better than the print version?

    It might be easier to have skipped the parts at the end that did not really add to the story. I did not need corroboration to believe Arthur.


    What other book might you compare Auschwitz to and why?

    It is not really much different than other Auschwitz accounts, except that he was a British POW, not a Pole, Czech or Jew, yet was treated almost as poorly. I was one of the people unaware that POW's were kept there as well.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Jameson – was your favorite?

    Arthur was really the only recurring character, since most of the people he encountered disappeared or died. But I did come to love Arthur and feel his fear, uncertainty and other natural emotions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Arthur was supposed to tell the government how much he was owed for his time in captivity, and he chose a paltry amount. When I look at our selfish society today, where people want millions for slipping in a grocery store, I am humbled by this man.


    Any additional comments?

    Students of WWII history will hear a familiar tale, so if you want to fill in your education with another perspecitve, this one is a good choice. If you are new to the subject, know that this reality is a hard one to hear, as are all holocaust stories - but listen to these stories we MUST, lest anyone forget.

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    If you could sum up Auschwitz in three words, what would they be?

    Best book I have read about the Holocaust.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Auschwitz?

    Takes one mans account of what really happened


    What does Joe Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It was read with complete sensitivity


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