THE SUNDAY TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
‘The ultimate Holocaust testimony.’ HEATHER MORRIS, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey
Afterword by JOHN BOYNE, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Eddy de Wind, a Dutch doctor and psychiatrist, was shipped to Auschwitz with his wife Friedel, whom he had met and married at the Westerbork labour camp in the Netherlands. At Auschwitz, they made it through the brutal selection process and were put to work. Each day, each hour became a battle for survival.
For Eddy, this meant negotiating with the volatile guards in the medical barracks. For Friedel, it meant avoiding the Nazis’ barbaric medical experiments. As the end of the war approached and the Russian Army drew closer, the last Nazis fled, taking many prisoners with them, including Friedel. Eddy hid under a pile of old clothes and stayed behind. Finding a notebook and pencil, he began to write with furious energy about his experiences.
Last Stop Auschwitz is an extraordinary account of life as a prisoner, a near real-time record of the daily struggle to survive but also of the flickering moments of joy Eddy and Friedel found in each other. Documenting the best and the worst of humanity, it is a unique and timeless story that reminds us of what we as humans are capable of, but that there is hope, even in Hell.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
‘It’s heart-wrenching, but there are pockets of resistance, rays of hope that shine through.’
‘Powerful and ultimately uplifting… with courage and strength you can survive anything.’
‘This is an important work. We must never forget.’
Never have I had to stop reading and sit and stare at the wall – the words of Eddy dug deep into my heart, and I felt a physical pain as I connected to his suffering and the suffering of others he described… How much I learned from this brave man. ― Heather Morris, author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ and CILKA’S JOURNEY
Hopeful and haunting. ― The i
An extraordinary account of De Wind’s life as a prisoner ― Bookseller, Editor’s Choice
Has an urgency and intensity which makes it unique. ― Irish Times
Last Stop Auschwitz, with its many details, written at speed and with all the immediacy that comes with describing events still alive and raw in the mind, is a valuable addition to the vast literature on the Holocaust. ― The Tablet
About the Author
Eddy de Wind (1916-87) was the last Jewish doctor to graduate from Leiden University in the Netherlands during World War Two. He was transported to Auschwitz in 1943. Following the camp’s liberation in January 1945, De Wind returned to Holland and specialized as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. In 1949 he published ‘Confrontation with Death’, his famous article in which he introduced the idea of concentration-camp syndrome. Last Stop Auschwitz was published in Dutch in February 1946 and in English for the first time in 2020. It is the only complete book written in Auschwitz itself.