Amidst the horrors of Auschwitz, Walter Rosenberg, a young Jewish prisoner, accomplished the unthinkable. Escaping the Nazis’ most notorious death camp with vital evidence in hand, Rosenberg revealed the atrocities of the camp to the world. From his harrowing journey of beatings and near-death experiences, to his meticulous documentation of Auschwitz, Walter’s story is one of unimaginable courage.

Later known as Rudolf Vrba, his detailed report revealed the grim reality of the Holocaust, saving lives and aiding in the pursuit of justice against Nazi war criminals.

00:00 Intro
00:20 Walter Rosenberg’s life before Auschwitz
01:53 Life in Auschwitz
03:34 The mission to tell the world about the Holocaust
05:50 Escape from Auschwitz
09:02 Warning the Hungarian Jewish community
11:22 Rudolph Kastner
13:19 Pressure on Hungary to end the deportations of Jews
13:56 Rudolph Vrba after the Holocaust

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Image and footage credits:
-David Rumsey Map Collection, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford Libraries
-U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of David Burdowski, Ira Kleinfeld, Harry Posmantier, David Steiner, and gifts of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Rose Galek Brunswic, Luba Krugman Gurdus, Yvonne Harpuder, Elizabeth Margosches, Audrey Rogers Furfaro and Scott Rogers, Peter Salner, Gift of Masha Wolpe Bara, Howard Zar, and gift of Eva and George Bozoki In memory of their parents Magda and Janos Gombosi and Erzsebet and Gyula Braun, and the USHMM Museum Collection / The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
-Yad VaShem
-Fred Romero
-© IWM (COI 277), WPN 215
-Special thanks to Ervin Abadi for his illustrations
Executive Producer:
— Barry Skolnick
Co-Executive Producer:
— Shmuel Katz
Translation credits:
Portuguese: Saymon Pires,, @safralivraria

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