On This Day in History….
(Washington, D.C.) — Seventy years ago today, two men pulled off the greatest escape in human history — from a Nazi death camp in southern Poland.
Most of the world doesn’t know their names, but we should.
Rudolf Vrba was only 19 when he escaped Auschwitz. Fred Wetzler was only 25.
They are my heroes. They executed their ingenious plan on April 7th, 1944, and not simply to save their own lives, but to tell the world the truth about what Adolf Hitler was really doing to annihilate the Jewish people. They risked their lives to proclaim the truth, and in the process they helped save more than 100,000 Jewish lives.
It is their stories that inspired me to write The Auschwitz Escape. Now here is a brief version of the true story.
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