brass balls

“I knew in my gut that these swine would eventually be held to account,” [Denis Avey] says. “Evidence would be vital. Of course, sneaking into the Jewish camp was a ludicrous idea. It was like breaking into Hell. But that’s the sort of chap I was. Reckless.”

“Despite the danger, I knew I had to bear witness. As Albert Einstein said: the world can be an evil place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. I’ve never been one to do nothing.”

That was WWII veteran Denis Avey, a British POW who broke into the Jewish camp at Auschwitz to witness what was going on. Do yourself a favor and read the whole article. It’s good to be reminded every now and then that, despite what it may appear, the world is not completely full of assholes and jelly-kneed sissies.

P.S. This is the second story I’ve come across recently about POW’s breaking into camps. If anyone can complete the trifecta, they get an unspecified number of arbitrary Internet points.

P.P.S. You can watch a video of Avey recounting his experiences here. It’s by turns horrific and amazing.


3 Responses to “brass balls”

  1. 1 Vincent
    March 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I’m not sure if this was the other case you were referring to, but Witold Pilecki was a member of the Polish underground and deliberately got himself arrested and sent to Auschwitz to help people and organize resistance.

    After the war, he was eventually picked up by the Communist government and shot.

  2. 2 cholm725
    March 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Hard to know if we’ll ever see an era like that again, or a war like that, or warfighters like these.

    Nowadays, everyone is a hero to Americans. It makes me want to puke after reading/watching these guys talk about their exploits.

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