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Eddy de Wind

Eddy de Wind

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Eddy de Wind (1916–1987) was the last Jewish doctor to graduate from Leiden University in the Netherlands during World War Two. He volunteered to work at the Westerbork labour camp under the false impression that his mother, who had been taken by the Germans, would be saved from deportation. There, he met and married his first wife, Friedel. The couple was deported to Auschwitz in 1943.

De Wind returned to Holland in the summer of 1945 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. As far as is known, it is the only complete book written in Auschwitz itself.

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Last Stop Auschwitz

An Auschwitz prisoner's remarkable account of suffering and survival, an international bestseller and the only complete book written inside the camp.

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