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Auschwitz, Poland, 1944
Postcard from Fred Wetzler to his old friend Tibor Wintor in his home town of Trnava, Slovakia. Wetzler escaped from Auschwitz with fellow prisoner, Rudolf Vrba in April 1944. Following this they wrote a detailed account of what was going on in Auschwitz – a report that reached leaders around Europe and became known as the Vrba-Wetzler Report. This was the first credible description of the mass murder taking place in Auschwitz to reach the outside world. In June 1944 the BBC broadcast details from the report and the New York Times published stories about Auschwitz based on it. The postcard itself provides little information.