I escaped from Auschwitz

Library Item

Call Number940.5317 A932vr 2002
Statement of ResponsibilityRudolf Vrba.
Creators & ContributorsVrba, Rudolf (author)
Vrba, Rudolf (subject)
Summary"At 6 P.M. on April 7th, 1944 sirens shrieked continuously as two prisoners escaped from Auschwitz. Once free, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler wrote a report that detailed—for the first time—the mechanics of the Nazi Death Factory. The report—known now as the Vrba-Wetzler Report or the Auschwitz Protocols—warned the world that the Nazis were preparing to kill nearly 800,000 Hungarian Jews. The report was smuggled to Switzerland and eventually reached the U.S. State Department, the Vatican, and the British Embassy in Bern. I Escaped From Auschwitz is the first-hand account of Rudi Vrba's experience in the prison camp as well as the story of his daring escape. It also includes the full text of the Auschwitz Protocols which is considered by many to be one of the most important documents of the twentieth century. The subsequent handling, and mishandling of the report contained in this book has marred history forever." —Back cover
  1. When the Music Stopped
  2. A Son Like Me
  3. I Became a Wanted Man
  4. The S.S. in Action
  5. The Theory of the Camps
  6. New Arrival
  7. Introduction to Auschwitz
  8. A Naked World
  9. The Night of August 29th
  10. "This is Not a Synagogue!"
  11. My Condition Improves
  12. Ivan the Terrible
  13. "Gassing People is Not Easy"
  14. "Never Trust a German"
  15. Escape
  16. Hiding Out
  17. We Get the Word Out

  • I: The Significance of the Vrba-Wetzler Report on Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • II: Report Issued by War Refugee Board on Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • III: The Vrba-Wetzler Report
  • IV: Israeli Embassy Deposition
  • V: The Preparations for the Holocaust in Hungary: An Eyewitness Account
  • VI: Report by an S.S. Captain
  • VII: The Role of Holocaust in German Economy and Military Strategy During 1941-1945
  • VIII: Major Post-War Trials of Auschwitz SS-Officers
Physical Description xvi, 447 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherFort Lee, N.J. : Barricade Books
  • Originally published in London, 1963 under title: I cannot forgive.
  • "Including the text of the Auschwitz Protocols" --Cover.
  • Includes bibliographical references.
  • Preface from Sir Martin Gilbert.