Avey persuaded a Dutch Jew at the factory to switch places with him for a night, a monumental risk that could get both of them shot. The Dutchman agreed for the sake of an evening with better rations, a more comfortable bed and a reprieve, however brief, from the unremitting horror. He and Avey were roughly the same height and build, but that, Avey said, wasn’t enough.
During World War II, few were trying to sneak into Nazi concentration camps – but that’s exactly what Denis Avey attempted. The 91-year-old finally tells his story.