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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 Colin Rushton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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The German nazi are the invention of mankind that puts me to shame being a human. Absolutely disgusting. The book caused me upset along with a few nightmares.

black lives matter is not a comparison against this tirade of neo nazi crimes that can never be forgiven.

The human race is disgusting

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A great read

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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THANK YOU

Thank you to every man woman and child to fought against the nazi tyrants. My deepest respect goes to each and every one of you . Arthur Dodd. I'm proud to be British because of men like you.

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Great read

Interesting insight to the life in a concentration camp. Harrowing at times but fascinating to hear how some people can be so evil without and reasoning. A must read to anyone interested in their subject

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For the dead and the living we must bear witness


We all have a capacity for good and evil.

Since reading and listening to a lot on the world wars, both fiction based on true stories and non fiction. I have greatly increased my knowledge and understanding.

This account of an English POW in Auschwitz is an important account from a different angle and is just as important as the Jewish accounts.

I will not dwell in the horrors that each of these types of books brings, however it is something we must all bear witness too.
We all have a capacity of good and evil.
The indoctrination of the Nazi ideology into its people with the rise of the Nazi party in the early 1930’s left them with this choice.
This did make for many good people in Germany despite what was going on.

Thank you for his amazing detailed account and also in the end chapters of the other men’s experiences and testimonies.
Highly recommend this book, lest we forget those you gave their lives and all those who have given us our freedom today.

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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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