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Veracity of Auschwitz book in doubt


April 28, 2011 | 11:37 am

Doubts have surfaced about the veracity of a book in which the author said he smuggled himself into Auschwitz to witness the atrocities.

British World War II veteran Denis Avey, 92, in the recently published book “The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz,” said he twice traded places with a Dutch Jew so that he could witness the horrors of the Nazis.

But, according to Reuters, interviews published in the British newspaper the Daily Mail with historians, Jewish groups and former Auschwitz inmates have cast doubt on Avey’s story.

No former Auschwitz inmate has been found that can verify Avey’s story. Other criticisms include that experts say he most likely would have been caught despite bribing a guard, and that some details recorded by Avey appear to be factually incorrect, according to Reuters.

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