The man who broke into Auschwitz. When he was captured in France in 1940 Sergeant-Major Charles Coward launched his own private war against the Germans (although he was being held as a prisoner-of-war). For several years he was the most incredible amateur espionage and sabotage agent of World War II, opposing the Nazis while sending back vital information to England. He carried guns and dynamite for the Polish underground movement, traded in dead bodies to allow Jewish prisoners to escape, and, finally, he smuggled himself into Auschwitz where he witnessed the full horrors of the extermination camp. At the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Coward’s testimony was sensational, allowing over 2,000 Auschwitz survivors to file lawsuits for compensations against their former oppressors.