Late breaking news: Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz in 1944 bringing the first detailed reports of the camp to reach the Allies, has died in Vancouver aged 82.
We'll no doubt write more about this tomorrow, since both the report on Auschwitz that Vrba brought out with him, as well as his treatment at the hands of Holocaust deniers, are especially note-worthy. For now, I'd ask readers to avoid these controversies - there will be an opportunity to discuss them very soon - and simply think on this: hundreds of Poles, and dozens of Russians and other nationalities succeeded in escaping Auschwitz; but only five Jews succeeded in so doing. Vrba was one of those five. RIP.
Update: It has been pointed out to us that at least 9 Jews have escaped and survived.