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In April 1944, 19-year-old Rudolf Vrba risked his life to break out of Auschwitz. He was one of a handful of people to ever do so, embarking on a harrowing journey to freedom. Journalist Jonathan Freedland details Vrba’s plight in his bruising biography, which centers on Vrba’s escape and everything that came after, including his efforts to share the horrors of what he endured at Auschwitz. The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World is an arresting account of the Holocaust and a man whose information proved pivotal in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of other Jewish people during World War II. —Annabel Gutterman

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