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Escape From Auschwitz

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A former prisoner of the Gestapo, Kulka leads us through the horror of the Nazi death camps, describing such unbearable conditions as the over-crowded ghettos where Jewish minorities were left to starve, separation of families in cases where parents were brought to one concentration camp and children to another, and fear of an unknown fate such as the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Few people escaped from Auschwitz, and fewer survived such escape attempts. From personal experience as well as accounts from other ...

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Overview

A former prisoner of the Gestapo, Kulka leads us through the horror of the Nazi death camps, describing such unbearable conditions as the over-crowded ghettos where Jewish minorities were left to starve, separation of families in cases where parents were brought to one concentration camp and children to another, and fear of an unknown fate such as the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Few people escaped from Auschwitz, and fewer survived such escape attempts. From personal experience as well as accounts from other survivors, Kulka details the only successful escape, led by Siegfried Lederer, where all those involved survived.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A historian associated with the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem and himself a survivor of Auschwitz, Kulka here tells the suspenseful story of Siegfried Lederer, who escaped from the death camp in Poland. The breakout was initiated by Viktor Pestek, a Romanian of German extraction and a guard at the camp who fell in love with an inmate. To lay the groundwork for the rescue of this Jew and her aged mother, Pestek arranged for himself and Lederer to escape in order to procure forged release documents. They made their way to Lederer's native Czechoslovakia, where the ex-prisoner's contacts made it possible for them to survive. On returning to Auschwitz to accomplish their plan, Pestek was captured and killed; Lederer managed to flee, but the mission was scrapped. Kulka's account of this episode provides a searing delineation of the horrors of the Nazi regime. Photos. Jewish Book Club selection. (March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897890892
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/13/1986
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ERICH KULKA was born in 1911 in Vestin, Moravia (Czechoslovakia). He is Holocaust survivor, being one of the few to successfully escape from the Nazi concentration camps.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Herman Wouk

Preface

Introduction by Yehuda Bauer

The Manhunt Begins

Theresienstadt Ghetto

The Mass Grave

The Transport

On the Platform

The Camp

Rene

You Have Nothing to Lose

Operation "Heydebreck"

Defend Yourselves

Twelve Minutes, Eight Seconds!

We Shall Escape in Uniforms

The Password: Tintenfass

In Plzen

A Hiding Place

The Weekend House at Zbraslav

The Dealer in Documents

Secretly in the Ghetto

Message to Switzerland

The Auschwitz Railway Station

To the Partisans in Slovakia

Postscript

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