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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414336241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414336244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,205 customer reviews)
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I finished reading 'The Auschwitz Escape' by Joel Rosenberg yesterday. It's a one day read but it was delivered late in the afternoon Wednesday...hence the Thursday finish.
If you are a fan of Joel's books, you will love this...it is historical fiction, but has a completely different 'feel' than his other fiction.
I guess I would call it more somber and respectful because of the topic, but still has a lot of action and heartbreak, because of the highly emotional subject matter.
Rosenberg is a master at developing a rapport between the reader and his characters very quickly... you feel so in touch with them. You feel their confusion, their suffering, and in some instances, their loss of faith.

In the author's note, Joel said this was the most difficult book he's written. I have been trying all day to write this review for Amazon, but found it difficult to do so...the emotion is still with me, I suppose.

It is a 5 star read, better than most autobiographies of Holocaust survivors that I've read. It is based on the true story of events presented...using fictionalized characters in many instances, while using real-life people to punctuate the horrors that occurred.
I certainly recommend this book to all of you who love the Jewish people, and/or are interested in the gut-wrenching reality that was the Holocaust.
I pray it never happens again, to any race of people...
Keep the tissue box handy...
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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?
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I am not a super emotional person, and I cried on and off for about 3 hours while reading this book. The weight – that 500,000 people relied on someone that I knew would never succeed – was heartbreaking. The fact that Roosevelt and Churchill really knew about Auschwitz and could have at least bombed it – that broke my heart too. The fact that Jacob grew so much as a character, and his uncle never saw this, really broke my heart.
While my two favorite characters were dying, I just bawled my eyes out. The events leading up to a certain character’s death was incredibly emotional, especially since they were talking over an issue I feel very strongly about. I really enjoyed Jacob’s development as a character. He starts out as a meek peacemaker, and ends with astounding courage and the urge to help others. He is definitely not without his faults, even as the novel lingers to a closing, but he is a great character. I also think Jacob may be the only Christian fiction protagonist that isn’t a Christian… I really admire this.
This is a Christian fiction novel written by a Christian with an Orthodox Jewish background. An extra bonus to the fantastic characters and emotional writing; religion, Christianity in particular, was handled surprisingly and refreshingly realistically, yet it wasn’t bashed like some secularists do. It is very realistic, yet is full of hope. At the end of the story, although secular Jacob does become more Jewish (this is mostly due to Jacob’s religious Jewish wife, whom he loves dearly), although no Jew becomes a Christian.

Jean-Luc, a Protestant pastor at Le Chambon in France, is a great Christian man, who is not arrogant, pushy or ignorant, and he certainly is not your typical Christian.
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A history teacher, who includes the Holocaust in her curriculum, has recommended THE AUSCHWITZ ESCAPE, by Joel C. Rosenberg. This novel is being introduced to the readers as a "Work of fiction, where real people, events, establishment, organizations, or locales are used fictitiously. All other elements of the novel are drawn from the author's imagination." To me, as a victim of the Holocaust, most episodes in the book are reminiscent of my own experiences. I saw people collapsing and dying from hunger. I saw Germans looting, expropriating, beating, torturing, shooting and hanging. Being exposed, for over five years, to such inexorable pattern of cruelty, I still carry physical and mental scars of the Holocaust every. It doesn't let me to retreat into a fictional world. I see images depicted by Rosenberg as factual. I feel the Holocaust through the marrow of my bones. I may wear today nice suits; I cannot forget the striped uniforms I had to wear in concentration camp. The travails during my adolescence shaped my life (recorded in my autobiography From a Name to a Number.) We all have only one life, and one death. The problem of the German brutal occupation of Poland has been hurting all the time. I am obfuscated by Benjamin Franklin's, (one of the Founding Fathers of the United States) saying: "Wise people learn not to dread but actually welcome the pain of problems." Viktor Frankl's (psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor) assertion that "there must be meaning in suffering" puzzles me.

Joel Rosenberg is not a Holocaust survivor; he is just a good writer, a proficient storyteller. He has probably listened to survivors' life stories and heard about the atrocities committed by the Nazis.
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