• The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz:

  • A totally gripping and absolutely heartbreaking World War 2 novel
  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“We must die standing up for something.”
“And what are we standing up for?”
“The most important thing there is. Freedom.”

Millions of people walked through Auschwitz’s gates, but she was the first woman who escaped. This powerful novel tells the inspiring true story of Mala Zimetbaum, whose heroism will never be forgotten, and whose fate altered the course of history....

Nobody leaves Auschwitz alive. 

Mala, inmate 19880, understood that the moment she stepped off the cattle train into the depths of hell. As an interpreter for the SS, she uses her position to save as many lives as she can, smuggling scraps of bread to those desperate with hunger. 

Edward, inmate 531, is a camp veteran and a political prisoner. Though he looks like everyone else, with a shaved head and striped uniform, he’s a fighter in the underground Resistance. And he has an escape plan.

They are locked up for no other sin than simply existing. But when they meet, the dark shadow of Auschwitz is lit by a glimmer of hope. Edward makes Mala believe in the impossible. That despite being surrounded by electric wire, machine guns topping endless watchtowers and searchlights roaming the ground, they will leave this death camp. 

A promise is made - they will escape together or they will die together. What follows is one of the greatest love stories in history....

Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and The Orphan Train will love this breathtakingly beautiful tale, of courage in the face of tragedy and bravery in the face of fear. Based on a true story, The Girl Who Escaped Auschwitz shows that in darkness, love can be your light....

©2021 Ellie Midwood (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Very sorrowful book

Ive read all that Ellie midwood has written and never disappointed . This audible will stay with me for awhile. The cruelty man has for another human being and utter hatred of the Jews and poles for reasons that they couldn’t help. The cruelty to children . I almost quit listening I was so affected by these true events. The story was good though .it’s fiction based on real people and real events. All of Mrs mid woods books are just so intense and good

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Tragedy turned to triumph

I’ve listened to many WWII books and always prefer those books based on real life stories. This one is a must listen. The story and the narration is exceptional.

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  • 03-26-21

a wonderful story

this was a very riveting and exceptionally written story story.. the characters are well-defined and realistic. is that

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Could not stop listening

This is an exceptional book which will send you through all of your emotions…sadness, extreme anger and hate, friendship, unconditional love, etc. DEFINITELY 5 star recommendation!!!

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Excellent, sad but hopeful story of perseverance

Loved listening and knowing the truths of this sad part of life. Highly recommend listening.

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Never forget. Never again.

I'd never believe this was possible if I haven't seen Mala's and Edek's locks of hair on the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum's official site! Both of them were real-life heroes, helping their fellow inmates in any way they could and serving as inspiration for the Auschwitz resistance movement. Mala literally gave women clothes off her back and saved so many lives with her brave actions. The ending will have you in tears. The narrator did a fabulous job bringing characters to life. An incredible true story! Also, make sure not to skip the author's note on history at the very end - very eye-opening. This is one of those books that will stay with you for a very long time.

Never forget. Never again.

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Excellent

Excellent book. The narration is very good . The subject matter is horrific but knowing it is a real story makes it even more so. I have read many books like this and this one is one of the best.

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Slow and repetitive.

So slow. I felt I was reading the same story over and over. The horrors if the camps were told in a way that seemed for shock value.

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Beautiful story based on actual events

Moving and beautifully written, combined with some of the best narration I’ve heard, this is a true treasure.

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So good!

Really good and a totally different story of that prison camp. I didn’t know this happened. Truly awesome. “Joan of Arc”

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  • jules
  • 03-20-21

great read

such a good book. happy. sad and didn't expect the ending. such brave people. loved it.

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  • 07-10-21

A way of life

Very good story, wish I had read it before visiting camp. Glad I did visit , feel everyone should visit and never forget.

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  • tennisrunningfan
  • 05-27-22

Incredibly moving story based on real people

This tells the story of very brave real inmates in Auschwitz. It is a tearjerker and difficult to listen to only because of the atrocities they were forced to endure. It is very well narrated and the epilogue explains how real these people were and gives them a voice many years on. I highly recommend it and will be telling my friends. Read it and talk about their stories.

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  • Julie
  • 08-17-21

Fantastic read

Story was emotional and I couldn't stop listening.
Unexpected in places.A must read for anyone who enjoys this genre

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  • C A Evans
  • 08-08-21

Seemed overly long

A difficult subject of course but if still seemed rather drawn out. I am afraid I did not the voice of the narrator for this story , it was too sweet and fluffy . It does not compare well to the tattooist of Auschwitz, or the watchmaker of Dachau in my opinion

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  • Kristie Lawrence
  • 04-28-22

Oh my goodness... I am in awe

I don't understand why the previous review said the storyline was weak. Personally I find that to be offensive, this is a story that is based on true events, so many brave beautiful souls.
I adored this book. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Written and narrated with great care and sensitivity.

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  • 03-17-21

Did not finish

This is the only audible book I have ever not finished, story line weak, narrator terrible, did not enjoy and did not finish, don't waste your money!!