In 1944, Rudolf Vrba, 19, became one of the first of only a tiny handful of Jews to successfully break out of Auschwitz to warn the world of the atrocities taking place at the death camp. Although the report he cowrote was ignored by many, Vrba is credited with having saved 200,000 Jewish lives. Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland, author of The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World joins former CBS News correspondent and Moment contributor Dan Raviv for a conversation about the heroic efforts of Vrba and why his report did not achieve its goal—of ending the Nazi slaughter of the Jews.
Freedland also discusses the resurgence of contemporary antisemitism, following the sell-out run of his recent play Jews. In Their Own Words at London’s Royal Court theater.
This program is in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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