View Full Version : Auschwitz hero in line for Israeli honour

12-30-2009, 06:54 AM
James Bond eat your heart out.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">War stories

Mr Avey described the news that he was being considered for the award as "fantastic".

He was no ordinary British soldier and he became an extraordinary prisoner of war. He had fought with special forces against General Rommel's Africa Korps behind enemy lines in the desert.

He was wounded and captured by the Germans, and the ship transporting to him to captivity was sunk. He escaped into the sea and survived the explosion of depth charges close by.

After 20 hours in the water he made it to land in southern Greece. He then hiked the length of the Peloponnese before being recaptured and sent to Germany as a POW.

After two spells in a punishment camp and being sent to work down a mine, he was transported to a compound for British prisoners connected to a sprawling concentration camp. Its name - then unremarkable - was Auschwitz.

There the "fiery" soldier with red hair and a Van Dyck beard saw at first hand the suffering of the Jewish victims of Hitler's slave labour programmes.

Although in the British camp they enjoyed better conditions, by day they worked alongside the Jewish prisoners.

Daring plan

He told the BBC how he had hatched an audacious plan to swap clothes with a Jewish inmate <u>to smuggle himself into their sector of the camp.</u>

He fully intended to get as far as Birkenau, where the gas chambers and crematoria were constantly in operation, belching acrid fumes.

He only made it as far as Auschwitz III, where he spent the night on two occasions. Detection, he said, would have meant death.

Denis Avey: "They knew they'd only last five months"

"They'd have shot me out of hand", he said. "I took a hell of a chance."

He was determined to bear witness with the intention of telling the world after the war. He recalled the camp as being "evil" like "Hell on earth". </div></div>

Amazing story. link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8433968.stm)


12-30-2009, 10:54 AM
Pretty wild. It sounds like something Ludlum could dream up. Could you imagine having to go through that? Just awful.