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Encyclopedia > Alfred Wetzler

Alfred Wetzler, alias Josef Lanik (1918-199?) was a Slovakian Jew who was one of the few people known to have escaped from the Auschwitz is the name loosely used to identify three main Nazi German concentration camps and 45-50 sub-camps. The name is derived from the Germanized form of the nearby Polish town of Oświęcim, situated about 60 km southwest of Krakow. Beginning in 1940, Nazi Germany... Auschwitz death camp. He is most famous for the report he and his fellow escaper Rudolf Vrba gave of the workings of the Auschwitz camp, which was the first detailed report to reach the West.


Wetzler was sent to the Birkenau (Auschwitz II) camp in 1942 and escaped with Vrba on April 10, 1944.


He died in Slovakia.


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Alfréd Wetzler (1918–1988), who later wrote under the alias Jozef Laník, was a Slovak Jew, and one of a very small number of Jews known to have escaped from the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust.
Wetzler is known for the report that he and his fellow escapee, Rudolf Vrba, compiled about the inner workings of the Auschwitz camp.
Wetzler was sent to the Birkenau (Auschwitz II) camp in 1942 and escaped from it with Vrba on April 7, 1944.
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