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Thousand Shall Fall: The Electrifying Story of a Soldier and His Family Who Dared to Practice Their Faith in Hitler's Germany

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Franz hasel, a 40-year-old pacifist, was drafted and assigned to Pioneer Company 699, Hitler's elite troops who built bridges at the front lines. His religious scruples did not endear him to his superiors. Sarcastically dubbed "carrot eater" and "Bible reader," he finally gained the respect of his unit. Just before he was sent deep into Russia--where all but seven of his 1,200-man unit would die--he secretly discarded his gun, fearing that, as the company sharpshooter, he might be tempted to kill. In Russia he ...
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Overview

Franz hasel, a 40-year-old pacifist, was drafted and assigned to Pioneer Company 699, Hitler's elite troops who built bridges at the front lines. His religious scruples did not endear him to his superiors. Sarcastically dubbed "carrot eater" and "Bible reader," he finally gained the respect of his unit. Just before he was sent deep into Russia--where all but seven of his 1,200-man unit would die--he secretly discarded his gun, fearing that, as the company sharpshooter, he might be tempted to kill. In Russia he faced a new problem: how to warn the local Jews before the SS got to them.

Meanwhile, back at home, Franz's wife, Helene, and their four children were fighting their own battles. Pressured to join the Nazi Party, she announced, "I belong to the party of Jesus Christ."

"Tomorrow night your children will be taken from you unless you join the party," Herr Doering screamed. And she had another secret. One day the gestapo knocked on her door. "Are you hiding a Jew?" they demanded. Their chances of survival? Dim. Their only ally? God.

In a few short years they lived several lifetimes of danger. As thousands around them fell victim to the horrors of war, they were borne up on angels' wings--sometimes quite literally. This is the true, soul-soaring story of one desperate family who chose to be faithful whatever the cost, and found refuge in the shadow of the Almighty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780828015615
  • Publisher: Review & Herald Publishing Association
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 341,304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

To the Reader 9
Chapter 1 The Draft 11
Chapter 2 In Boot Camp 17
Chapter 3 Political Pressures at Home 24
Chapter 4 In France and Poland 33
Chapter 5 In the Black Forest 41
Chapter 6 Into the Ukraine 49
Chapter 7 The Brown House 57
Chapter 8 Winter Battle 66
Chapter 9 Susi's Birth 75
Chapter 10 Saved by an Angel 84
Chapter 11 In Eschenrod 93
Chapter 12 In the Caucasus 101
Chapter 13 Life in Frankfurt 106
Chapter 14 Bible Studies 116
Chapter 15 The Americans Arrive 122
Chapter 16 Retreat 134
Chapter 17 Return Home 142
Chapter 18 Winter Rescue 151
Chapter 19 Packages From America 159
Chapter 20 Aftermath 166
Epilogue 171
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Awesome book from beginning to end!!

    This book will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first chapter. Great writing and story telling. Also if you are a person of faith this will get you thinking about your faith and your beliefs. I recommend this book to anyone. I hope one day they make a movie out of it.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    AMAZING Book

    A very amazing and inspiring book! And I'm a very hard critic when it comes to books! This is a must read! Trust me you won't regret it!! Its during the world wars and everything that happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    The book is simply...

    inspiring, and comforting. God will be always there to those who seek him, like the character of this book. Susi is a great writer, and her book is very easy to read and understand. God bless her more and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    a very good book

    this book it's a great book. His faith in God even through the war and everything he went through is outstanding......The way Susi writes the story makes it come alive.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Highly recommend

    A true story of courage. A story of one person never hesitating to live his life according to his religious beliefs. No matter the chance of persecution, he never lost his belief in God nor strayed from his daily devotion to Him.

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