An Englishman in Auschwitz

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An Englishman in Auschwitz is a 2001 book written by Leon Greenman, a Holocaust survivor. The book details his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The book is a result of the commitment of English-born Greenman to God "that if he lived, he would let the world know what happened during the war".[1] In short, the book describes the reminiscences of his days of imprisonment in six concentration camps of the Nazis. Greenman describes the arrival of his family (consisting of himself, his wife, Esther, a Dutchwoman, and their three-year-old son, Barney) at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in these words:

The women were separated from the men: Else and Barny were marched about 20 yards away to a queue of women...I tried to watch Else. I could see her clearly against the blue lights. She could see me too for she threw me a kiss and held up our child for me to see. What was going through her mind I will never know. Perhaps she was pleased that the journey had come to an end. [2]


  1. ^ Clout, Laura (8 March 2008). "Englishman imprisoned in Auschwitz dies". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ Greenman, Leon (2001), An Englishman in Auschwitz. Library of Holocaust testimonies. London: Vallentine Mitchell. ISBN 0853034249.