The Vrba-Wetzler Report was the first data on Auschwitz that reached the Czechoslovak embassy in Switzerland, probably on June 10, 1944, or June 13, 1994 or to the latest on June 19-20. On March 13, 1944, when Vrba was Auschwitz, planning his escape, and a week before the Germans invaded Hungary, three Jewish parachutists from Palestine were parachuted into Yugoslavia, where they spent three months with Tito’s partisans. The Vrba-Wetzler account was the first document by Auschwitz inmates to reach the free world and be believed. Its accuracy and authenticity broke the barrier of skepticism and apathy that had existed up to that point. The escape of Vrba and Wetzler was preceded by that of Siegfried Lederer, a prisoner in Birkenau and a former officer of the Czechoslovak Army. On April 5, 1944, Lederer fled, dressed in an SS uniform and with the help of an SS guard, Viktor Pestek.
|Title of host publication||Nazi Germany|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
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© Harald Kleinschmidt 2007.
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