• Destination Buchenwald

  • The Astonishing Survival Story of Australian and New Zealand Airmen in a Nazi Death Camp
  • By: Colin Burgess
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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Destination Buchenwald

By: Colin Burgess
Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
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The harrowing story of the Allied airmen who experienced the true horrors of Nazism firsthand.

It was the summer of 1944 as liberating Allied forces surged toward Paris following the D-Day landings. For a large group of downed airmen being held in that city’s infamous Fresnes Prison, they were about to face evacuation into the blackest, bloody heart of Germany and experience the most acute evil of the war. Amid great secrecy, those 168 airmen—including several from Australia and New Zealand—were transported on a filthy, overcrowded nightmare train journey which ended at the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp, accompanied by orders for their execution. At Buchenwald, they witnessed extreme depravity that would haunt them to the end of their days. Yet, on returning home, they were confronted by decades of denials from their own governments that they had ever been held in one of Hitler’s most vile concentration camps.

In conducting his original deep research for this book—now completely expanded and updated—Colin Burgess personally interviewed or corresponded with dozens of the surviving airmen from a number of nations, including their valorous leader, New Zealand Squadron Leader Phil Lamason. Destination Buchenwald tells a compelling story of extraordinary bravery, comradeship and endurance, when a group of otherwise ordinary servicemen were thrust into an unimaginable Nazi hell.

"This was the first book to provide an insight into our experiences as a group of captured allied airmen, betrayed to the Gestapo, tortured and deported to Buchenwald concentration camp. I consider it to be one of the best interpretations of the events as it reflects the voices of the survivors and their challenges to stay alive in such dehumanizing circumstances." Sqn Ldr Stanley Booker, RAF (Rtd.), MBE, Légion D'Honneur: Last surviving member of the Buchenwald airmen

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©2022 Colin Burgess (P)2022 Simon & Schuster Australia

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Interesting story.

I had never heard this story before .Loved narrator, great story. need more like this.

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So sad but very educational.

This was very well written and perfect narration. It’s sad that Buchenwald concentration camp appeared to be much worse than
Auschwitz’s and others. I think this should be recommended listening to high school students when they are learning about World War 2.

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  • 08-03-22

Brings back a lot of bad memories.

Having spent 3 years in Buchenwald Concentration Camp as a child, I did notice some errors in the story, but even so they were only points that someone who was there would know. I never had any connection with the Airmen as I was in number 8 barracks. I can say that the dogs were likely to rip anyone to bits and my job was looking after them. Martin Sommer caught me taking a mouldy piece of bread off a dead body, for that he pulled all my finger nails off. True Story.

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  • 08-21-22

Shocking

I wanted to disbelieve some of the content.
First time I have heard these accounts of POWs being held and treated as the political prisoners. At times it was sending me to a place I didn’t want to go. I wanted to delete the book but that would disregard the enormous amount of research the author has endured.

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  • 08-04-22

Harrowing

A fascinating and interesting, but harrowing and disturbing book to listen to. I hadn’t known of the extreme levels of depravity and cruelty involved. One cannot listen to a story like this without being truly appalled and disgusted by what people can do to others, and justify it.