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The Escape Artist - Jonathan Freedland

The Escape Artist - Jonathan Freedland

Title: The Escape Artist

Author:  Jonathan Freedland

ISBN:  9781529369045

Weight:  990 g

Signed first edition, first printing



Released on 09/06/2022

Our price:  £20.00

The Escape Artist by Jonathan Freedland

The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

Anne Frank.  Primo Levi.  Oskar Schindler.  Rudolf Vrba.

In April 1944 a teenager named Rudolf Vrba was planning a daring and unprecedented escape from Auschwitz.  After hiding in a pile of timber planks for three days while 3,000 SS men and their bloodhounds searched for him, Vrba and his fellow escapee Fred Wetzler would eventually cross Nazi-occupied Poland on foot, as penniless fugitives.  Their mission: to tell the world the truth of the Final Solution.

Vrba would produce from memory a breathtaking report of more than thirty pages revealing the true nature and scale of Auschwitz – a report that would find its way to Roosevelt, Churchill and the Pope, eventually saving over 200,000 Jewish lives.

A thrilling history with enormous historical implications, The Escape Artist is the extraordinary story of a complex man who would seek escape again and again: first from Auschwitz, then from his past, even from his own name.  In telling his story, Jonathan Freedland – the journalist, broadcaster and acclaimed, multi-million copy selling author of the Sam Bourne novels – ensures that Rudolf Vrba’s heroic mission will also escape oblivion.

Peer & Press Reviews

Immersive, shattering, and, ultimately redemptive book…  Written with Freedland’s page-turning, gripping, hard-edged immediacy, The Escape Artist is profound in thought, boundless in humanity, an immediate modern classic.

Simon Schama

Awe inspiring, exciting and poignant, this is a thrilling read, a piece of redemptive storytelling and a work of important Holocaust historical research: Freedland has given Rudolf Vrba his rightful place in history – and in the process written a book that I couldn’t put down.

Simon Sebag Montefiore

A work of the highest quality about an astonishing man.  It is gripping from start to finish, searingly, shocking, revelatory, and deeply moving – the more so because there is no false note, no striving for effect.  The research is prodigious and the complexities deftly woven into the narrative…  A profoundly troubling and important work.

Jonathan Dimbleby

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Title The Escape Artist
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Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed Yes
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Publisher John Murray Press
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ISBN 13 9781529369045
Format Hardcover with dust jacket

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