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Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love

Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love

by Rebecca Frankel


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A 2021 National Jewish Book Award Finalist
One of Smithsonian Magazine's Best History Books of 2021

"An uplifting tale, suffused with a karmic righteousness that is, at times, exhilarating."
Wall Street Journal

"A gripping narrative that reads like a page turning thriller novel." NPR

In the summer of 1942, the Rabinowitz family narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. They miraculously survived two years in the woods—through brutal winters, Typhus outbreaks, and merciless Nazi raids—until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. After the war they trekked across the Alps into Italy where they settled as refugees before eventually immigrating to the United States.

During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life.

From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, one family’s inspiring true story.

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ISBN-13: 9781250267641
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 40,964
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Frankel is the author of New York Times bestselling book, War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love. She is former executive editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Her work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic, among others. She lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Part I: Before
Chapter 1: A Wedding in Vilna
Chapter 2: The Town Named After a Bird

Part II: The War
Chapter 3: The Russians Invade
Chapter 4: The Germans Invade
Chapter 5: Back to Zhetel
Chapter 6: The Ghetto
Chapter 7: The Resistance
Chapter 8: The Selection and the Boy from Belitsa
Chapter 9: The Escape

Part III: The Forest
Chapter 10: The First Winter
Chapter 11: The Second Summer and the Boy with the Frozen Feet
Chapter 12: Liberation

Part IV: After
Chapter 13: The Long Road Home
Chapter 14: Across the Alps and to the Sea
Chapter 15: In America
Chapter 16: A Wedding in Connecticut

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