The Auschwitz Escape

The Auschwitz Escape

by Joel C. Rosenberg
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Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
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?
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
“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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anne01 More than 1 year ago
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.
Savedat16 More than 1 year ago
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.
Jackf More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a marvelous read. The Main character, Jacob Weisz, is my favorite character of any book of all time. His story from just his uncle teaching him to shoot to being captured and imprisoned in Auschwitz keeps the story interesting as you would not think such an innocent boy could grow to be a resistance member working for his uncle. For his first historical fiction book, Rosenberg really kept the book interesting and correct on what events actually took place. I have never read a book about the Auschwitz part of the holocaust, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The detail in the scenes of the book were graphic, but it really kept the story action-packed. Rosenberg really made every character feel whether they were barely seen, dead, or MIA very important and have a good story or background that made a real emotional connection that felt like a real person you wanted to have a connection of your own in reality with. I am going to continue to read Rosenberg’s books because if this was just a first in a genre of books he has never written before until now, he has a great future set out for him in the field of Historical Faction writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super fantastic read! I could not put this book down. Well researched book about a dark time that the world must not forget lest it be repeated. Highly recommend this book for anyone!
LBUT More than 1 year ago
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!
LVandercook 7 months ago
This was a good story. I enjoyed that it had a happy ending because I was not expecting it. The characters were in depth and the story was plausible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will stay with me a very long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and relatively fast paced Writing sometimes borders on amateurish, such as when modern slang or expressions are incorporated in dialogue spoken in the 1940's
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this read. One of the best books I have ever read hands down. The fact that the book starts off in the first two pages was awesome. It also fidnt just start off, it grabbed your attention. Binge read for sure.
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Everyone in America should read this book and think about it time and time again. Never back down from evil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down-highly recommended!
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Outstanding read based upon actual events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written historical fiction account of the Holocaust and the efforts of escapees from Auschwitz who were trying to get the word out to the world about the genocide going on in the death camps, and to enlist England and the USA to liberate them. It so parallels what has happened in other genocides of the 20th century, such as Kosovo, Rawanda and Darfur, and what is happening right now with ISIS. We all know that there are terrible atrocities and genocide of Christians and non-Muslims, but once again the world stands by and does nothing to effectively stop the evil! It's actually quite sickening to know that once again, the greater world powers are basically burying their heads in the sand, and our President aids the forces of evil rather than those whom the atrocities are being committed against.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read
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CydniLaurent More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book at 1:30 am today and though exhausted couldn't put it down!!!! Mr.Rosenberg has done it again.
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 This is a wonderful, historically-based book. It also has a strong Christian message. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though the story was very sad but I highly recommend it.