The Auschwitz Escape

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Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.

As the Nazi war machine rolls across Europe, young Jacob Weisz is forced to flee his beloved Germany and join an underground resistance group in Belgium. But when a rescue operation goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself trapped in a crowded cattle car headed to southern Poland.

Sentenced to hard labor in the Auschwitz labor camp, Jacob forms an unlikely alliance with Jean-Luc Leclerc, a former ...

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Overview

Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.

As the Nazi war machine rolls across Europe, young Jacob Weisz is forced to flee his beloved Germany and join an underground resistance group in Belgium. But when a rescue operation goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself trapped in a crowded cattle car headed to southern Poland.

Sentenced to hard labor in the Auschwitz labor camp, Jacob forms an unlikely alliance with Jean-Luc Leclerc, a former assistant pastor who was imprisoned for helping Jews. They’ve been chosen for one of the most daring and dangerous feats imaginable—escape from Auschwitz. With no regard for their own safety, they must make it to the West and alert the Allies to the awful truth of what is happening in Poland before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance. Tyndale House Publishers

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01/20/2014
The strong religious conviction evident in Rosenberg’s previous novels (Damascus Countdown), which were focused on the Middle East and Muslim-Western relations, is reflected in his latest book—a work of historical fiction, about a heroic escape from the Nazis. Luc, a French pastor, who is sentenced to the Auschwitz death camp for helping Jews, joins forces with Jacob, a Jewish man sent to the camp after his attempt to hijack a train bound for Auschwitz fails. Together they plan to escape to tell an unbelieving world about the Holocaust. During the escape, the two form a strong bond, learning about each other’s faith and doubts. When Jacob questions why Luc has joined the Resistance, the pastor responds, “The real question is ‘Why aren’t all the Christians here?’ ” Rosenberg has done what he does best: create believable characters set in a political milieu and also in religious context, acting on conviction or exploiting religion for selfish or evil ends. This is Rosenberg’s most deeply moving work to date. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781611062670
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,013,096
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author with nearly 3 million copies sold among his eight novels (The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, and Damascus Countdown), four nonfiction books (Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, and The Invested Life), and digital short (Israel at War). A communications strategist based in Washington, D.C., he has worked with some of the world’s most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. Once a political columnist for World magazine, he now writes commentaries for National Review as well as a weekly e-mail update known as “Flash Traffic” for business and political leaders. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called him a “force in the capital.” He has also been profiled by the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post and has been interviewed on ABC’s Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and The Sean Hannity Show.
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  • Posted March 21, 2014

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    The Auschwitz Escape by New York Times bestselling author Joel C

    The Auschwitz Escape by New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg is an incredible work of historical fiction about a daring escape from the Nazis. It is Rosenberg's most stirring and deeply moving work to date, based on actual events that took place seventy years ago. It is the poignant tale of two young men arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp in southern Poland.

    The Auschwitz Escape opens in the small, quiet community of Sedan, France on May 13, 1940. The book is about two young men who find themselves in one of the most horrifying places that you can think of - Auschwitz. The very mention of the name sends a shiver down one's spines. Holed up in a place that only spells doom, these most improbable of friends are determined to work out a daring and extremely risky plan to escape. Jean-Luc Leclerc, a French Protestant assistant pastor, who is sentenced to the Auschwitz death camp for helping Jews, joins forces with Jacob Weisz, a young seventeen-year-old Jewish boy sent to the camp after his attempt to hijack a train bound for Auschwitz fails. Their mission: to announce to a skeptical world about the pogrom implemented under Hitler's Germany.

    Will the two men manage to escape from the concentration camp? Even if they managed to escape, will they succeed in their mission to tell about the Holocaust? The Auschwitz Escape is not only a superbly crafted work of historical fiction but also has sprinkling of historical events all over.

    The release of the book couldn't have been timed more appropriately as it coincides with a lot of things in recent times. The US House of Representatives Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, earlier this year visited the Auschwitz death camp in Poland along with a group of Israeli lawmakers. He urged Americans to learn the lessons of Auschwitz. Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler in the wake of recent events. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not to be left behind. He said today's Iranian regime resembles Nazi Germany. Is it a coincidence? Perhaps, it is more than that. The book is urging today's complacent and smug society to turn back the clock and learn lessons from history.

    But do we have the courage?

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    ¿Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.¿ Ep

    “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”

    Epic in scope, Joel Rosenberg’s “The Auschwitz Escape” is a work of historical fiction that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. Young and naïve Jacob Wiesz, guided by his beloved Uncle Avi, joins the Resistance movement in Belgium after he is forced to flee his native Germany. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Leclerc, an assistant pastor in Vichy France, answers God’s call to love his neighbor and the Jewish people by helping as many of them escape to safety as possible. Unfortunate circumstances land both men in the Auschwitz death camp, and while their approaches differ, they end up interacting in an unexpected and potentially dangerous way. Jacob has never been religious and cannot fathom how a loving God could allow such widespread genocide, and he makes it his mission to survive and try to help his people in any way possible, while Jean-Luc never questions his faith in God or his calling to help the Lord’s chosen people. Together, can the two men make a difference in this place of hellish devastation?

    With “The Auschwitz Escape,” Rosenberg crafts an incredible thriller that readers will not be able to put down. Despite its sordid subject matter, Rosenberg handles the story with grace and clean language, drawing upon true accounts and several historical figures. The narrative focuses mostly on Jacob and his experiences, and despite the plethora of Holocaust books already published, this one is unique in its focus and approach. It teaches that even in the darkest hours, there is hope and a place for miracles. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, Holocaust and WWII literature, and heart-pounding suspense will find “The Auschwitz Escape” a must-read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Arrests.  Imprisonments. Slave-labor camps.  Torture beyond imag

    Arrests.  Imprisonments. Slave-labor camps.  Torture beyond imagination.  Mass murders.  This was the Nazi-imposed fate for all Jews and all those protecting them.  Word was spreading like wildfire throughout Europe.  The warnings reached Jacob Weisz, and he resolved to join an underground resistance group.  When a rescue operation went awry in April 1943, Jacob became one of hundreds of thousands shipped by train to concentration camps.  Auschwitz – a place where the “ovens never stopped working and the chimney never stopped belching out its black, putrid smoke along with the ashes of  human bodies that fell from the sky like snowflakes morning, noon and night.”  Mostly Jews.  The volume of people brutally captured from their homes and shipped to death factories multiplied daily.  As conditions worsened, Jacob found resolve and strength he did not know he had.  “The Nazis had taken away his name, his clothes, his dignity. But only he could give away his will to fight, and he resolved not to do it.”  Close to 800 people had tried to escape. No one made it. Maybe he would!  Life in a death camp changed Jacob.  He used to be timid; now he had something to say and would risk his life to say it.  He was determined to escape to expose the atrocities to Jewish and Allied leaders, if only to keep one more Jew from being sucked into the Nazi killing machine.   This book was born from the author’s visit to Auschwitz in 2011.  Vivid characters, disturbing but realistic details, and compelling writing brings this horrific time in history to life.  The book leaves the reader with the questions: Do I put this information back on the shelf of history, or do I look for ways to care for and protect the Jewish people today?   Why should Christians care about the Jews?   A couple who protected Jacob in his escape answered this way, “Our Savior was Jewish.  His disciples were Jewish. They were born in Israel.  They lived in the Promised Land. Jesus died on the cross in Jerusalem. He was raised from the dead in Jerusalem….and our Savior is coming back again to reign and rule from Jerusalem….You’re from the same family and people as our Savior, Jacob.”  The Auschwitz Escape is an important part of the author’s other writings, all focusing on the dangers the nation and people of Israel face in the world.  The parallels between this 1940’s European context and the present-day Middle East perils are crucial to understand as humanity faces the potential of another holocaust.  Every world leader and citizen should read this book. (I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest and objective review.)

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2014

    I literally read this book in one sitting, 2 1/2 hrs, and didn't

    I literally read this book in one sitting, 2 1/2 hrs, and didn't even get up for anything, it was that good. It is the story of a young Jewish man, who becomes a resistance fighter after the death of his little sister and parents, and he ends up in Auschwitz. The story of his survival and escape, along with a Protestant pastor who is imprisoned in Auschwitz for helping Jews, is riveting, highly recommended. Somehow I missed that it was a work of fiction, until I'd actually finished the book, I found it eminently believable.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    A gripping story of what went on durning the Holocaust in the Au

    A gripping story of what went on durning the Holocaust in the Auschwitz concentration camp and of how people survived and were still able to believe in God and mankind.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Recommended - great read

    Joel Rosenberg has done it again. I couldn't put the book down. I lost family to the Holocaust & always have a difficult time reading anything about it. Rosenberg was able to capture the atrocities of the Holocaust & make it readable at the same time. I recommend this to anyone who has ties to this horrible injustice. There was hope in the story. The ending was a little pat but otherwise it was very readable. I always look forward to getting Joel Rosenberg's new books. I read this book in three days.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Excellent read!

    Joel's books never disappoint. As usual, he did a great job describing the conditions in Auschwitz and helping me to identify with the characters. I couldn't put this book down. It is especially compelling now when anti-Semitism is rampant in our world again. It demonstrates that we need to take people seriously (especially world leaders)when they advocate the destruction of the Jewish people. Hitler meant what he said......and so do today's anti-Semitic leaders!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    Fast, entertaining and captivating read. Historically accurate,

    Fast, entertaining and captivating read. Historically accurate, the book brings you into the notorious death camp, routing for life. At the same time, the book is heartrenching as hundreds of thousands are unknowingly sent to their death. May this book, and others like it, make us even more convinced that this will never, ever happen again.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    Warning...once you start this book you will NOT want to put it d

    Warning...once you start this book you will NOT want to put it down. I have been interested in WWII and the Holocaust for a long time, and have read many books about it. This novel is based on real events (the escape) and the author grabs you from the first page. While the story is about the Holocaust and the death camps, it is also a story of brave men and women who tried to do what their faith tells them to do and also a love story. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a great story that is based on fact.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Intense and Riveting; Recommended. We are familiar with the horr

    Intense and Riveting; Recommended. We are familiar with the horrors of Auschwitz, but this brings them to us from a personal perspective, with the main character’s emotions and reactions portrayed in a gut-wrenching, dramatic style. The history rings true, and the fictional characters act in a realistic manner. Real people are mentioned within the plot, with real events woven in. The young man matures admirably, albeit forcibly, under the atrocities. My husband was fascinated by the concepts and the history, so he plans to read it next. The history was well researched and quite educational. I am inspired to peruse more sources after reading this intense novel, and the Author’s Note in the back refers books and films I will use to do that.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    I could not put this book down.  Rosenberg pulled me into the dr

    I could not put this book down.  Rosenberg pulled me into the drama surrounding his characters, mainly Jacob, and did not let go.  I was drawn into the emotions that captured and motivated the characters.  Jacob wanted to be a good son.  He wanted to be a good nephew.  He wanted to do the right thing.  Jacob wasn't sure that his uncle Avi was right, but he didn't agree with his father's stand either.  The time came and went for them to escape the Gestapo.  Jacob's family is killed and he begins the fight of his life; to stop the Nazi's from systematically killing the Jews.  His first major work with the Resistance ends with his capture.  It doesn't take long for him to find out what is really happening at Auschwitz.  The question is what is Jacob going to do about it.  While the time frame at times was questionable, it made the story work.  For example, how did these men have the ability to meet, plan and execute their escapes while under such close guard?  In reality some did escape Auschwitz so I imagine it could have happened that way.  I just questioned the time they had to get things done without being discovered.  However, as I said, it made the story work.  I was routing for Jacob and his friends.  I wanted them to escape and save others.  I wanted a hero in the midst of such evil.  A great work historical fiction.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

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    Joel C. Rosenberg in his book ¿The Auschwitz Escape¿ published b

    Joel C. Rosenberg in his book “The Auschwitz Escape” published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us into the lives of Jacob Weisz and Jean-Luc LeClerc.




    From the inside jacket flap:  A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now holds Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans–especially Jews like Jacob and his family–are treated like dogs.




    When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare–trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.




    As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his “final solution” to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi’s atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.




    History, World War II and The Concentration Camps.  World War II was an extremely dark time on our planet and The Nazis with their Concentration Camps just made it even worse.  Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews and set into motion this evil plan. The wonderful thing is there really was a city that the people were trying to smuggle Jews out of France.  Here Jean-Luc is captured and is sent to Auschwitz where he meets up with the captured Jacob.  There really was an escape attempt and this book is based on that escape.  This book is a thriller as mostly everyone’s lives are in great danger. This book is entertaining and will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read but, be prepared, it is also thought-provoking and will have you looking up from the page going, “wow”.   I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down.  Mr. Rosenberg is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    The Auschwitz Escape is one of the best books I have read this y

    The Auschwitz Escape is one of the best books I have read this year. Starting on page one was where the action began and stayed that way all the way to the end. I could not put this book down. I had to keep turning the pages because I did not want to miss anything. The author has a way to make you feel as though you are the one running from the Nazis. I was constantly sitting on the edge of my seat and rooting for Jacob all the way. I am amazed at how the author described the horrific conditions and atrocities of Auschwitz concentration camps.
    I cannot say enough how great this book is. It is phenomenal. I was truly moved to tears by the end. I cannot imagine what all those people went through. This the best World War II era novel I have ever read. I would love to see this book made into a film. Joel C Rosenberg’s masterful writing is superb and powerful. Definitely a must read for all. It is one book I hope to reread again soon. I highly recommend it. A well-deserved 5 plus stars.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    Whew, this one was tough. The writing was excellent and the stor

    Whew, this one was tough. The writing was excellent and the story compelling, but what a difficult subject. When dealing with historical fiction, I personally find it a wonderful way to get a feel for what the day/culture must have been like while enjoying a great story. This book was no exception on that note; but the topic, simply painful.


    Jacob Wiesz is a young Jew growing up in his family's beloved Germany. As the Nazis begin to come into power, he finds it hard to believe that so much hate exists in the world. Through a series of horrifying events, Jacob eventually joins the rebels fighting the terrible tide of insane prejudice. Although he experiences some success, one operation goes terribly wrong and he finds himself being taken to Auschwitz. Navigating the unthinkable, he is determined to escape and tell the world what is actually happening there - these are not work camps, they are death camps; and the Nazis will give anything to keep that quiet. Jacob will do anything to get out.


    And even though it is certainly a difficult subject to read about, much less comprehend, it is absolutely worthy of your investment of time and resources. This is truly an important book.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    Rosenberg's first historical fiction hits a home run While ther

    Rosenberg's first historical fiction hits a home run

    While there are naysayers claiming that the Holocaust never happened, Rosenberg read, researched, and traveled to the remains of Auschwitz to gather information. The result is a story about what one of the better experiences at Auschwitz might have looked like.  The book does contain a lot of information about Jews and their customs - but new words or phrases are used contextually so no one should be left scratching their head. In spite of the natural focus on the Jews, Rosenberg doesn't leave out the Righteous Gentiles, political prisoners, and others the Nazis hated. With each chapter only being a few pages, the book doesn't seem as thick when reading compared to the thickness of the binding. 




    Rosenberg contains a list of recommended reading for further understanding about what actually happened, and he includes a note to let the reader know when he tweaked the historical timeline for his book. 




    This is first class historical fiction. Definitely recommended reading.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    Incredible book! One part that really hit me was how, although

    Incredible book! One part that really hit me was how, although this is a fiction book, Joel Rosenberg has told a story that is true. There were some escapes from Auschwitz; the escapees tried desperately to get the news out about what was happening there and to keep more Jews from getting on the trains to death; and even that some people even in the camps sent letters trying to warn family members about the concentration camps. So many of the events in the book were factual and meticulously researched by the author. Yet the story he weaves is both fascinating and horrifying.
    At the beginning of the story I wondered how the characters being introduced would tie together but as the story progressed I found myself hoping they would be the ones saved – and some were, and some weren’t.
    Another part of the book I enjoyed was the tie in between the Christians and the Jews, and how at one point one character tells another that the “question shouldn’t be, ‘Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?’ The real question is, ‘Why aren’t all the Christians here?’” Later Jedrick says that he is helping them (escapees) “because the Bible teaches us to love the Jews.”
    And finally I really appreciated the epilogue which tied up so many loose ends! This book was riveting and made me think of how Christians should not sit back, confident that justice will prevail – that atrocities cannot happen in this modern, “civilized” society. I highly recommend The Auschwitz Escape!

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    Rosenberg is a master storyteller. In this book, he merges real

    Rosenberg is a master storyteller. In this book, he merges real life people with fictional characters to give readers a realistic look at the Holocaust and life in a concentration camp. The amount of courage and cleverness demonstrated by the characters is inspiring and amazing. Any book about life in a camp is at times difficult to read. This one is no different. However, the focus on this book is on how brave people worked together to formulate a plan to escape to warn others.

    From start to finish, the plot is perfectly written and perfectly paced. The characters are perfectly described so that readers are able to get a sense of who they are as people. Not a lot of Holocaust novels focus on the lack of response from other nations and the outright refusal of countries to allow refugees to enter, so I really liked that Rosenberg included some of that information. I learned a little bit, which is one of the best things about reading historical fiction.

    If you enjoy reading WWII fiction, you will enjoy this book. If you are a fan of Rosenberg, then you will enjoy this book. It is a suspenseful, captivating read.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Read this book in 2.5 days. Could not put it down! Great read...

    Read this book in 2.5 days. Could not put it down! Great read...had me hooked from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    This book is a must read......

    Joel does it again. This book is different than his other writings. It is a historical novel. This not not only reminds me of where we have been.... but also how we could get to this point again.
    On a different note. I finished the book on June 5,2014. Until the end I never realized the significance of june 5th until the end. Thank you to all who gave so much for our freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Great Book!

    Emotional and powerful book about something no one should ever forget about the history of the world. Great characters and details. I bought for my 11 year old for her birthday as she has shown a great interest in WW2 and what Hitler and the Nazi party tried to do. I read it and couldn't put it down. Great book and a must read!

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