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Last Stop Auschwitz: My story of survival from within the camp

Eddy de Wind

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Doubleday
06 January 2020
Biography; Diaries, letters & journals; Memoirs; True stories of heroism, endurance & survival; Second World War
With an Afterword by JOHN BOYNE, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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.

'How much I learned from this brave man... The ultimate Holocaust testimony.' HEATHER MORRIS, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey
'Powerful and moving.' WENDY HOLDEN, author of Born Survivors
By:   Eddy de Wind
Imprint:   Doubleday
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   332g
ISBN:   9780857526847
ISBN 10:   0857526847
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   06 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eddy de Wind (1916-1987) was the last Jewish doctor to graduate from Leiden University in the Netherlands during World War Two. He volunteered to work at the Westerbork labour camp under the false impression that his mother, who had been taken by the Germans, would be saved from deportation. There, he met and married his first wife, Friedel. The couple was deported to Auschwitz in 1943. In late 1944, the Russians were closing in on the camp and the Germans set about destroying it, taking with them all prisoners who were still mobile - including Friedel, who was removed in January 1945. De Wind stayed in the camp, hid under a barracks, was liberated by the Russians and became a doctor in the Red Army. While still in the camp, he found a notebook and began writing Last Stop Auschwitz. After returning to Holland in the summer of 1945, de Wind specialized as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. In 1949 he published 'Confrontation With Death', his famous article in which he introduced the idea of concentration-camp syndrome. Last Stop Auschwitz was published in Dutch in February 1946. As far as is known, it is the only complete book written in Auschwitz itself.

Reviews for Last Stop Auschwitz: My story of survival from within the camp

Has an urgency and intensity which makes it unique. * Irish Times * An extraordinary account of De Wind's life as a prisoner * Bookseller, Editor's Choice * Hopeful and haunting. * The i * 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, author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ and CILKA'S JOURNEY *


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