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Publisher's Summary

It's not a novel. It's not based on a true story. It really happened, and I am a witness. You will be, too.

What do you do if you are a reluctant soldier, having been shot at, seen your friends killed, and can no longer even remember what your own mother looks like? As a combat soldier fighting your way across Europe, what is the plan when you come across a Holocaust train full of suffering humanity that shocks you to your core, even after you think you have seen it all? And what happens when you get to meet the survivors face-to-face, two generations later?

From the author of The Things Our Fathers Saw in the World War II eyewitness history series comes this book, offering the true story behind an iconic photograph taken at the liberation of a death train, deep in the heart of Nazi Germany. It's brought to life by the history teacher who discovered it and went on to reunite hundreds of Holocaust survivors with the actual American soldiers who saved them.

The Holocaust was a watershed event in history. Drawing on never-before published eyewitness accounts, survivor testimony and memoirs, wartime reports and letters, Matthew Rozell takes us on his journey to uncover the stories behind the incredible 1945 liberation photographs taken by the soldiers who were there. 

He weaves together a chronology of the Holocaust as it unfolds across Europe and goes to the authentic sites of the Holocaust to retrace the steps of the survivors and the American soldiers who freed them. His mission culminates in joyful reunions in three continents, seven decades later.

Rozell offers his unique perspective on the lessons of the holocaust for future generations and the impact that one person - a teacher - can make. Features testimony from 15 American liberators and over 30 Holocaust survivors.

"After I got home I cried a lot. My parents couldn't understand why I couldn't sleep at times." (Walter "Babe" Gantz, US Army medic)

"I grew up and spent all my years being angry. This means I don't have to be angry anymore." (Paul Arato, Holocaust survivor)

"I survived because of many miracles. But for me to actually meet, shake hands, hug, and cry together with my liberators - the "angels of life" who literally gave me back my life - was just beyond imagination." (Leslie Meisels, Holocaust survivor)

"People say it cannot happen here in this country; yes, it can happen here. I was 21 years old. I was there to see it happen!" (Luca Furnari, US Army)

"It's not for my sake, it's for the sake of humanity, that you will remember." (Steve Barry, Holocaust survivor)

©2016, 2019 Matthew Rozell (P)2019 Matthew Rozell
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  • Categories: History

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important story

Overall I really liked this book. The stories of survivors and soldiers are critically important to preserve. Most of the retelling is done very well. My only fault with the book is that the author sometimes seems to focus on himself too much. Though, to be fair perhaps he has earned that. The narrator does a great job and is enjoyable to listen to.

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must read!

All Mr. Rozzell's books should be required reading in school, please never forget what happened

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Different!

It took getting used to that it wasn't a traditional novel. loved how factual it was.

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Required reading.

This is a powerful book. It should be required reading in every high school and college history course.

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A informative read.

more people need to educate themselves. this could happen again. God forbid! God bless you

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incredibly learning listening

there was a lot In this book I've heard no where else about the camps. detailed and enormous amount of sadness of what humans do to one another.

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A Small Insight Indeed

Field Notes 823rd TDBN April 13, 1945 mentions this train near Magdeburg. The notes also mentions the almost 3,000 passengers and what horrible conditions they were in.
It says that this is a small insight of the horrible treatment received from the Germans.

My grandpa was in the 823rd, attached to the 30th. I have been researching his Tour de France over the past year. This book came up as I researched his steps. Chances are, he was one that helped these people in a small, but significant , way.

I thank the Author for his efforts to bring so many together to heal from the horrible things that happened. What a blessing in so many ways.

I will need to listen to this book several times, there is too much to ponder, one time through is not enough.

Each chapter is significant, the one on Denial is frustrating. The author had some same feelings that I can relate too. His response is high class.

God bless the liberators and those liberated.

I am horrible with reviews, just know that this book changed my life and it means a lot to me know my grandpa was nearby when this story took place.

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This is a book worth the read

This book is amazing. I loved that it is based on personal interviews. Parts of the book made me cry.

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Enjoyed this listen!

This audio book was a really good listen. I definitely recommend for all who enjoy WWII listens.