Escape From Auschwitz

Escape From Auschwitz

DVD - 2008
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"Escape from Auschwitz tells the incredible story of two young Slovak Jews, Rudol[f] Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, who managed to escape by hiding in a woodpile for three days, then fleeing across enemy territory, determined to tell the world about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis at the camp"--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed PBS Home Video, c2008.
ISBN: 9780793694419
0793694418
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.5318092 Escape
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w dequences ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nov 12, 2013

This is a 55-minute docu-drama with historical footages produced in 2008 by Educational Broadcasting Corp. and distributed by PBS Home Video.
The prisoners in Auschwitz who tried to escape were killed in public as an example to other inmates, and very few ever made it out alive.
This film tells the incredible story of two young Slovak Jews, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, who managed to escape by hiding
in a woodpile for three days with the help of fellow inmates, then fleeing across enemy territory, determined to tell the world
about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis.
The two men tell a detailed account of their experiences in the camp.
This 40-page document known later as "the Vrba–Wetzler report" was dictated in Slovak between 25 and 27 April 1944 by the two men who had escaped
from Auschwitz on 10 April, then typed up by Oscar Krasniansky of the Slovak Jewish Council, who simultaneously translated it into German.
The report represents one of the first attempts to estimate the numbers being killed in the camp, and one of the earliest and most detailed
description of the gas chambers.
The most urgent copy was suppressed by Rudolf Kastner of the Budapest Aid and Rescue Committee, who worried it would destroy a deal he, himself,
was trying to make with Adolph Eichmann.
Because the report was not distributed quickly enough, the delays cost tens of thousands of lives as a result.
Yet, both men's heroic escape saved many thousands from the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz.

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