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Posthumous bestseller for Auschwitz survivor

Author Rudolf Vrba, who wrote I Escaped from Auschwitz, died ere his book became Britain's No.1 bestseller.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 16:16 IST

Author Rudi Vrba, who wrote the book I Escaped from Auschwitz, died three months ago without knowing that his book would become Britain's No.1 bestseller.

The book details how hundreds of prisoners before him attempted escape but were captured, tortured or killed, according to

Vrba served as a registrar in the death camp so he knew the procedure for capturing escapees and so he was eventually able to elude them.

Vrba's documentation of the events in the camp were the first such to serve as proof when there had been only speculations before that. He showed it to US President Roosevelt, the pope and the British government.

Vrba was a key witness at the trails of the Nazi criminals.


First Published: Jun 07, 2006 16:16 IST