Last Stop Auschwitz: My story of survival from within the camp (Hardback)Eddy de Wind (author)
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This intensely powerful memoir of Auschwitz from Holocaust survivor Eddy de Wind carries an immediacy and documentary-like feel due to the remarkable fact that it was written entirely in the notorious death camp itself. Unflinching in its depiction of both chilling evil and stolen moments of love and hope, Last Stop Auschwitz is a haunting reminder of a period of history that must never be forgotten.
Eddy de Wind, a Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, was shipped to Auschwitz with his wife Friedel, whom he had met and married at the Westerbork labour camp in the Netherlands. At Auschwitz, they made it through the brutal selection process and were put to work. Each day, each hour became a battle for survival.
For Eddy, this meant negotiating with the volatile guards in the medical barracks. For Friedel, it meant avoiding the Nazis' barbaric medical experiments. As the end of the war approached and the Russian Army drew closer, the last Nazis fled, taking many prisoners with them, including Friedel. Eddy hid under a pile of old clothes and stayed behind. Finding a notebook and pencil, he began to write with furious energy about his experiences.
Last Stop Auschwitz is an extraordinary account of life as a prisoner, a near real-time record of the daily struggle to survive but also of the flickering moments of joy Eddy and Friedel found in each other - passing notes through the fence, sometimes stealing a brief embrace. Documenting the best and the worst of humanity, it is a unique and timeless story that reminds us of what we as humans are capable of, but that there is hope, even in Hell. Thought to be the only complete book written within Auschwitz itself, it will linger with you long after the final page has been turned.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 27 mm
'Never have I had to stop reading and sit and stare at the wall - the words of Eddy dug deep into my heart, and I felt a physical pain as I connected to his suffering and the suffering of others he described... How much I learned from this brave man.' - Heather Morris
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