Kazimierz Tyminski was young and full of life, a Polish university student living in Krakow, with a talent for music. He had a brief spell in the Polish Resistance before the Gestapo came knocking in 1941.
Kazimierz was sent to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp. By a quirk of fate and luck, Kazimierz is forced into providing entertainment to the SS and Camp commandant. Through his ability to play the piano and the accordion, he avoids starvation, disease and the gas chambers. This is the powerful true story of a man caught up in the Nazi 'final solution' and a deeply personal account of life in the most notorious of concentration camps. Translated by his children in fulfilment of their father's wishes, this book reproduces faithfully the camp notes written from Kazimierz's arrest in October 1941 to his liberation in April 1945.