In 1987 the Australian Government finally agreed to compensate Australian personnel who had been interned and subjected to brutal treatment in Nazi concentration camps. A.I.F soldier Don Watt was one of those internees. Like many in the camps, Watt thought of escape. After several short periods pf freedom he managed to stay on the run for three weeks, only to be recaptured within sight of the Swiss border. Brutal torture by the Nazis failed to make Watt disclose details of his escape. His punishment was consignment to Auschwitz – where he was given a horrific choice. It took fifty years for Watt to come to terms with his experiences – an ordeal that he never mentioned to anyone, not even his immediate family – and reveal the full story. In spite of the horrors he witnessed and those in which he was forced to participate, he remained modest, straightforward, understated, courageous and laconic – a hero in the tradition of the true Australian Digger.