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 hold 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.
©2014 Joel C. Rosenberg (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
These nazi's made modern-day terrorists look like schoolchildren. Every time I read an account of the atrocities more than 70 years ago, I simply cannot believe that one people could do such things to another. While the novel stretches the imagination and plausibility, it is an interesting story that is well narrated. It closeswith a realism that makes it one of the best accounts of the Holocaust I have read.
The author has done his research to put together a good picture of life in the camp. Don't know anything about the author but he certainly has some agenda trying to push christianity on the reader. This became annoying to the point where I almost gave up listening to the book altogether. But i persisted and it's a nice story. There are better holocaust stories than this though.
This is an incredible novel! It is based on true historical facts of actual escapes from Auschwitz. I am at a loss for words to describe the depths of systematic genocide that were being performed in that era, but, as the author said in an interview about the book, the same types of crimes are possible today if we don't take a stand against evil when God calls us to move. For me when and how is up to the guidance of His Holy Spirit.
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.
Excellent narrating by Christopher Lane!
Made me take another look at America and it's Allies on their treatment of the Jewish people. As an American I can see both sides but it does not excuse the past mistakes our leaders have made.
I enjoyed the tie that was made 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.”
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I love Historical Fiction. I hate History Books. More books should be written about the Holocaust. We should never should be allowed to forget. On the other hand these books should be well written. Most importantly the emotion and feelings of the time should come through the writing. JR fails for me in this attempt. The words are there, but no emotion do they emote. This is my second JR book and I have yet to be impressed. He is a best selling writer, so maybe it is me.
Two really good books about this era among many are Night by Elie Wiesel and Black Cross by Greg Isles.
The narrator was no help.
As with other Rosenberg stories, this will grab you from the first pages and not let go until the end. The main characters from two very different backgrounds are developed deeply. You feel that they are your friends. Very well narrated.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I was a little leery of this book because I find Holocaust books slightly depressing. Although this goes into depth about the horrors of Auschwitz, it is not the central focus of the book, As the name describes, it really about escaping from the death camp. Accordingly, it is decent thriller about planning and executing an escape from the camp by the lead character Jacob Stein. Prior to the chapters that take place in the concentration camp, about a third of the book is about the Jewish resistance., and the last third takes place after Jacob escapes. I am not giving anything away because based on title you kind of know he will. It is well written and the narration is fairly good. In summary if you like WW II books you will like this. Also you won't feel too badly just reading a "thriller" because there is some history.
Interestingly, much of the book focuses on preventing the prisoners in camp from escaping so the " word" wont get out about what is going on in camps. If 10 million people knew was in store for them, The Nazis would have a much more difficult time as they experienced in the Warsaw Ghetto. So a free and open press is required in any democracy. Without it you have tyranny.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I loved this book, inside out and backwards... I bought it not paying attention to the word "Novel" and because so many memoirs of the holocaust have been coming out recently... I read it thinking it was an exceptionally well done memoir.
It is heart breaking, horrible and at the same time uplifting. I loved Jacob Weisz and was sad when I searched for him on the internet and found him to be fictional. The book is well written, believable and I couldn't turn it off. The narration was perfect. It deserves the Audie!
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