Spectator in Hell: A British Soldier's Story of Imprisonment in Auschwitz

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In 1942 the young soldier Arthur Dodd was taken prisoner by the German Army and transported to Auschwitz, joining hundreds of British POWs. While there, he sabotaged Nazi industrial work, risked his life to alleviate the suffering of the Jewish prisoners, and aided a group planning a mass breakout. This important historical account includes material regarding the German businesses that operated at Auschwitz and the British government's failure to care adequately for the POWs who returned.

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As seen in the BBC TV documentary Auschwitz: The Forgotten Witness

"An extraordinary book."
--Military Illustrated

"Colin Rushton's masterly account . . . is a harrowing addition to public knowledge of the Holocaust."
--Soldier magazine

In 1942, Arthur Dodd, a driver and volunteer for the Royal Army Service Corps, was taken prisoner by the German Army and transported to Auschwitz, a name now synonymous with man's darkest hour. Forced to do hard labor, starved, and savagely beaten, Dodd endured fourteen months in the Third Reich's most notorious death camp. He refused to submit as he sabotaged Nazi industrial work, risked his life to aid Jewish prisoners, and assisted a partisan group planning a mass breakout. A departure from the prevailing accounts from the Jewish perspective of the horrors of Auschwitz, this shocking story sheds new light on the operations at the camp, exposes a hierarchy of prisoner treatment by the SS, and presents the largely unknown story of military POWs held there.

About the Author:

Colin Rushton is an author and published poet whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and other publications around the world. He is the author of Spectator in Hell: A British Soldier's Story of Imprisonment in Auschwitz, also published by Pelican. A native of Liverpool, England, he has worked in metallurgy and retail and resides with his wife in Cheshire, England.

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