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Last Stop Auschwitz

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Written in Auschwitz itself and translated for the first time ever into English, this one-of-a-kind, minute-by-minute true account is a crucial historical testament to a Holocaust survivor's fight for his life at the largest extermination camp in Nazi Germany. "We know that there is only one ending to this, only one liberation from this barbed wire hell: death." (Eddy de Wind) In 1943, amid the start of German occupation, Eddy de Wind worked as a doctor at Westerbork, a Dutch transit camp. His mother had been taken to this camp by Nazis, but Eddy was assured by the Jewish Council she would be freed in exchange for his labor. He later found out she'd already been transferred to Auschwitz.  While at Westerbork, he fell in love with a woman named Friedel, and they married.  One year later, they were transported to Auschwitz. Upon arrival, Friedel and Eddy were separated - Eddy forced to work as a medical assistant in one barrack, Friedel at the mercy of Nazi experimentation in a nearby block. Sneaking moments with his beloved and communicating whenever they could, Eddy longed for the day he could be free with Friedel.... Written in the camp itself in the weeks following the Red Army's liberation of the camp, Last Stop Auschwitz is the raw, true account of Eddy's experiences at Auschwitz. In stunningly poetic prose, he provides unparalleled access to the horrors he faced in the concentration camp. This poignant memoir is at once a moving love story, a detailed portrayal of the atrocities of Auschwitz, and an intelligent consideration of the kind of behavior - both good and evil - people are capable of. Never before published in English, this book is a vital and enduring document: a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a warning against the depths we can sink to when prejudice is given power.

©2020 Eliazar de Wind (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

Narrator: Robert Fass
Author: Eddy de Wind
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Ultima fermata Auschwitz

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Sul finire del 1944 i tedeschi stanno abbandonando Auschwitz, mentre l'Armata Rossa si avvicina. Portano con sé gran parte dei prigionieri rimasti, forzandoli in estenuanti marce verso i lager della Germania. Per sfuggire a quel destino, Eddy de Wind si nasconde in una delle baracche, sotto un cumulo di vestiti; Friedel, sua moglie, non ha il coraggio di imitarlo. Di lì a qualche giorno Eddy trova un taccuino abbandonato e comincia a scrivere la sua storia. Lui e Friedel si sono conosciuti nel campo di transito di Westerbork, nei Paesi Bassi. Giovani e in salute, i due erano stati messi al lavoro: Eddy come medico, Friedel come infermiera. Si erano frequentati, innamorati e sposati sempre all'interno del campo, ma quella parentesi di relativa pace non era destinata a durare. Caricati sui convogli della morte, erano stati anche loro trasferiti ad Auschwitz. Sopravvissuti alla prima selezione, si erano ritrovati di nuovo a lavorare nelle infermerie del campo, ma questa volta divisi. Eppure, persino lì sono riusciti a mantenere una qualche forma di comunicazione, scambiandosi di nascosto brevi lettere d'amore, stringendosi in abbracci fugaci quanto illegali e resistendo fino all'ultimo. Quella di Eddy e Friedel è una vicenda autentica, una ricostruzione fedele scritta "a caldo" da dietro al filo spinato del lager. Una storia in cui il racconto delle atrocità quotidiane - il timore nei confronti delle SS, gli abusi, le umiliazioni, l'abbrutimento, l'agonia propria e altrui - è venato da una flebile ma tenace speranza: quella di un amore che non smette di lottare anche in un simile scenario di sofferenza e morte. Un documento imprescindibile, per mantenere in vita il ricordo di ciò che non possiamo dimenticare.

©2020 Rizzoli (P)2020 Rizzoli

Author: Eddy de Wind
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Eindstation Auschwitz

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Prachtig en aangrijpend geschreven over liefde, familie en overleven. In januari 2020 wordt de bevrijding van Auschwitz, dan 75 jaar geleden, herdacht. Een belangrijk en uniek historisch document dat op aangrijpende wijze het lot van gevangenen in de vernietigingskampen in beeld brengt. In 1942 meldde de Joodse arts Eddy de Wind zich vrijwillig aan als arts om in Westerbork te werken, in de veronderstelling dat hierdoor zijn moeder uit het kamp zou worden vrijgelaten. Bij aankomst bleek zijn moeder echter al op transport gezet naar Auschwitz. In Westerbork ontmoette De Wind de achttienjarige verpleegster Friedel. Ze werden verliefd en trouwden in het kamp. Samen werden ze in september 1943 naar Auschwitz gedeporteerd. Eddy belandde in barak 9, waar hij werd tewerkgesteld als Pfleger van Poolse gevangenen. Friedel in barak 10, waar de medische experimenten werden uitgevoerd. Pas na de oorlog, die ze beiden op miraculeuze wijze overleefden zonder dat van elkaar te weten, vonden ze elkaar terug in Nederland. In Eindstation Auschwitz doet Eddy de Wind verslag van de verschrikkingen in het kamp en analyseert en observeert hij het gedrag - zowel goed als kwaad - waar mensen toe in staat zijn. Hij beschrijft Auschwitz zoals nooit eerder is gezien, rechtstreeks vanuit het kamp en met de emotie van dat moment. Het originele schrift is momenteel een van de belangrijkste stukken van de Auschwitz-tentoonstelling, te zien in New York.

©2020 Meulenhoff Boekerij B.V. (P)2020 Meulenhoff Boekerij B.V.

Narrator: Matthijs Wind
Author: Eddy de Wind
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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